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"Goblin Feet" in: The Book of Fairy Poety

First edition, 1920

Longman, 1920. 1st edition. Illustrated with 16 tipped-in colour plates (mounted on stiff grey paper, with tissue guards) and 16 line drawings. 180 pages. 25x19 cm. Edited by Dora Owen.

This sought-after fairy book is notable not only for its fantasy artwork by the Golden Age artist Warwick Goble, but also because it features the first illustrated appearance of "Goblin Feet" by JRR Tolkien. Originally published in "Oxford Poety 1915", the poem is here accompanied by a colour plate entitled "And the padding feet of many gnomes a-coming", which has the distinction of being the very first illustration to accompany any of Tolkien's published work - years before The Hobbit.

Warwick Goble (1862-1943) was a contemporary of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, specializing in fantasy subjects, particularly with Indian and Japanese themes. The son of a commercial traveller, he studied at the City of London School and at the Westminster School of Art. His best-known works include "The Water Babies" (1909), "Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales" (1910), as well as H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds (1898).

Dora Owen's rich selection of verse - seperated into three sections: "Fairy Stories", "Fairy Songs, Dances, and Talk", and "Fairyland and Fairy Lore" - included contributions from writers such as Walter de la Mare, Michael Drayton, Florence Harrison, Robert Herrick, Tom Hood, Ben Jonson, John Keats, Andrew Lang, William Allinson, John Milton, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alfred Lord Tennyson, W.B. Yeats, Sir Walter Scott, a.o.

Scare in any condition - here particularly well preserved for age, complete with the rare dust jacket.

Condition:

Contents crisp, very clean. Usual age-toning to paper, one or two foxing spots, one tissue guard with a little creasing, one plate with small corner crease (not very noticeable), one plate with tiny surface chip, one or two pairs of gathering stretched, one pair of leaves clumsily opened (with ragged edges), small gift inscription to first (blank) page, untrimmed (exposed) page edges and corners with usual bumping, creasing, a few small nicks. Endpapers with usual offsetting, a little foxing; both free endpapers with creasing. Top of page block with foxing, a litte scratching, some loss of colour. Binding tight. Boards and spine very clean, as shown, with bumping, rubbing and wear to extremities, softening to corners; spine with a little discoloration plus glue-repaired tear (see scans). Dust jacket as per images, with creasing, discoloration, soiling, tears and wear; spine with some loss, previously seperated from front and back panels (now glue-repaired, with paper reinforcement to reverse of spine area); supplied in removable archival sleeve.*

Bilbo's Last Song. UnwinHyman, 1990

1st edition

UnwinHyman, 1990. 1st Canadian edition. Hardback. The poem by Tolkien from The Lord of the Rings, illustrated in colour by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine faded).*

Bilbo's Last Song. 2002

Hutchinson, 2002. 3rd printing. Small hardback with the poem by Tolkien, illustrated in colour by Pauline Baynes.*

Bilbo's Last Song. Red Fox, 1992

 

Arrow Books, 1992. Paperback. The poem by Tolkien from The Lord of the Rings, illustrated in colour by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine faded).*

Bilbo's Last Song. Red Fox, 2012

While Bilbo embarks on his last journey to the West, his mind is cast back to his first big adventure, THE HOBBIT.

J.R.R TOLKIEN's beautiful poem is bought to life through Pauline Bayne's stunning illustrations. It's the perfect introduction to the epic fantasy series of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS for younger readers, and a real treat for all Tolkien fans.

Baynes' illustrations have been fully restored in this fantastic new edition. Paperback*

Tree and Leaf. Unwin Books, 1966

George Allen & Unwin, 1966.  2nd printing. Paperback. Cover by Tolkien. Contains "On Fairy-Stories" and "Leaf by Niggle". Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Tree and Leaf. Unwin Books, 1973

Paperback. Eight impression. Cover by Tolkien. Contains "On Fairy-Stories" and "Leaf by Niggle". Antiquarian: good condition (some creases in the back cover, stain on first flyleaf).*

Tree and Leaf/Smith/Homecoming. Unwin Paperbacks, 1977

Paperback. 1st edition/2nd impression. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Tree and Leaf/Smith/Homecoming Beorhtnoth. Unwin Paperbacks, 1979

Unwin Paperbacks, 1979. Paperback. Cover by Tolkien. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine faded).*

Tree and Leaf. HarperCollins, 2001

Green paperback with a tree design from Tolkien. Containing Tree and Leaf, Mythoppoeia and The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth.*

Leaf and Niggle. HarC, 2016

1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Iain Craig. Afterword by Tom Shippey.*

Farmer Giles of Ham. George Allen & Unwin, 1965

Hardback. 4th impression in a 5th impression dustjacket. Illustrated by Paulline Baynes. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Farmer Giles of Ham. George Allen & Unwin, 1971

Eight impression. Hardback. Illustrated by Paulline Baynes. Antiquarian: very good condition (price clipped, owner stickers on inside cover, some damage to the spine of the dustjacket).*

Farmer Giles of Ham. A&U, 1976

George Allen & Unwin, 1976. First printing of the reset, new format. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine faded).*

Farmer Giles of Ham. HarC, 2014

HarperCollins, 2014. 1st edition thus. Hardback.

A commemorative golden anniversary edition of Tolkien’s classic book, including a new introduction, a map, a copy of Tolkien’s unpublished short story which he expanded for publication, his notes for an aborted sequel, and the original first edition illustrations by Pauline Baynes.*

Farmer Giles of Ham/The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Unwin Books, 1975. Paperback. 2nd printing. Illustrated in b&w by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine faded, some foxing).*

Smith of Wootton Major. George Allen & Unwin, 1967. 1st

First edition
1st edition. Small hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Smith of Wootton Major. George Allen & Unwin, 1967

Second impression. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: fine condition (spine faded).*

Smith of Wootton Major. George Allen & Unwin, 1968

Third impression. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: fine condition (spine faded).*

Smith of Wootton Major. George Allen & Unwin, 1974

Seventh impression. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine faded, some marks on front).*

Smith of Wootton Major. George Allen & Unwin, 1975

1st edition of the second printing. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: good condition (rubbing along spine and edges of the book).*

Smith of Wootton Major. Unwin Paperbacks, 1983

1st edition of the second printing. Paperback. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Contains also Leaf by Niggle. Antiquarian: very good condition (rubbing along spine and edges of the book).*

Smith of Wootton Major/Farmer Giles of Ham. Ballantine, 1970

Ballantine, 3th printing. Paperback. Cover and illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Smith of Wootton Major/Farmer Giles of Ham. Ballantine, 1976

Ballantine, 14th printing. Pocket. Cover by brothers Hildebrandt. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: very good condition*

Smith of Wootton Major/Farmer Giles of Ham. Ballantine, 1991

Ballantine, 30th printing. Pocket. Cover by brothers Hildebrandt. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: very good condition*