Biographies

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"Dit is professor JRR Tolkien" leaflet

Fold-out (so you get 6 pages) publicity leaflet in Dutch by Tolkien's Dutch publishers, Het Spectrum. Released in 1956 to promote the release of the translation of The Felllowship of the Ring. Illustrated. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

In de Ban van zijn werk. Het Spectrum, 1983

Stapled wrappers. 1st edition. Illustrated in colour and b&w. Publicity booklet in Dutch, written by Tolkien's Dutch translator, Max Schuchart. Featuring illustrrations by Tolkien in colour and some b&w photo's. Antiquarian: very good condition (some rubbing along the edges).*

In de Ban van Tolkien. Het Spectrum, 2001

Stapled wrappers. 1st edition. Illustrated in b&w. Publicity booklet, written in Dutch by the editor of Tolkien's Dutch publishers, Martijn Adelmund, to coincide with the release of the first Peter Jackson movie.*

The Birmingham Tolkien Trail brochure

Full-colour, doublesided leaflet on Tolkien's childhood in the Birmingham region.*

Robert S. Blackham, The Pitkin Guide to Tolkien

Pitkin, 2011. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated with many photographs.

The Pitkin Guide to Tolkien evokes the life and works of the great writer by exploring those places where he lived, worked, socialised and visited, in particular in and around Oxford - during which time he wrote the fantasy sagas The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. These books were destined to change the face of English literature in the 20th century and in the 21st century remain ever-popular classics, and subsequent films have introduced a new generation to the works of this author. *

Robert S. Blackham, Inspiring Lives: JRR Tolkien

The History Press, 2019. Paperback. Illustrated with photo's.

This covers the fascinating and enigmatic world of J.R.R. Tolkien, examining his place in literary history, his books and his iconic characters. The reader can explore facts and trivia from Tolkien's life and works, including his early life in southern Africa and Birmingham, Tolkien on the silver screen, his role in the two world wars and his friendship with C.S. Lewis, as well as the places that inspired his fictional world of Middle-earth.*

Perry C. Bramlett, I Am in Fact a Hobbit

An Introduction to the Life and Work of J.R.R. Tolkien
Mercer, 2003. 1st edition. Hardback.*

Perry C. Bramlett, I Am in Fact a Hobbit (paperback)

An Introduction to the Life and Work of J.R.R. Tolkien
Mercer, 2003. 1st edition. Paperback.*

Josë Bru, "Uncle Curro"

JRR Tolkien's Spanish Connection
Edinburgh, 2018. 1st edtion. Paperback. Signed by the author.

This book is a biography, but also more than that. It reconstructs the little known personal journey of Francis Morgan Osborne (1857-1935), a Catholic priest born in Port St Mary’s (Spain), guardian and “second father” of J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the most celebrated authors of our time.

This is the result of a thorough investigation, carried out between Spain and England, with the support, among others, of Priscilla Tolkien, daughter of the author, whose testimony provided previously unpublished insight into the connection between her father and Spain, through his guardian.

Humphrey Carpenter, JRR Tolkien: A Biography. A&U, 1977

George Allen & Unwin, 1977. 1st edition/2nd impression. Hardback Illustated with photo's. Antiquarian: good condition (no dustjacket).*

Humphrey Carpenter, JRR Tolkien: A Biography. BCA, 1977

Book Club Association, 1977. 1st edition thus. Hardback Illustated with photo's. Photograph of Tolkien on the cover. Antiquarian: very good condition (dustjacket worn, with some tears).*

Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: En biografi (Swedish)

Awe, 1989. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Antiquarian: very good condition (edges paper browned).*

Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: une biographie

Christian Bourgois, 1980. 1st edition. Paperback. French translation of Tolkien's biography. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Humphrey Carpenter, JRR Tolkien (Finnish)

Nemo, 1998. 1st edition. Hardback. Finnish translation of the biography of Tolkien.*

Humphrey Carpenter, Benjamin Britten: A Biography

Scribners, 1992
1st edition. Hardback. Biography of this famous British composer. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Oronzo Cilli, Tolkien the Esperantist

Before the arrival of Bilbo Baggins
Barletta, 2017. 1st edition. Paperback.

The book contains studies by Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne and Oronzo Cilli which examine the connection which existed between J.R.R. Tolkien, and the planned language Esperanto, created by L.L. Zamenhof.

Smith and Wynne’s essay, published originally in Seven (2000), presents Tolkien’s first experiments with inventing languages and analyses in depth his initial encounter with Esperanto, as mentioned in a notebook of his from 1909 which he called the Book of the Foxrook.

Cilli’s essay covers the period of Tolkien’s life when he first encountered Esperanto in his youth, via the Officers’ Training Corps and Baden-Powells’ Scout movement and the celebration of the World Congress of Esperanto (1930), which was attended by R.B. McCallum, and the British Congress of Esperanto (1933), for which Tolkien was named a patron. Thanks to Cilli’s research, a document previously unknown in Tolkien studies, The Educational Value of Esperanto, signed by Tolkien alongside other eminent British academics of the time, is included.

A contribution from Tim Owen of the Esperanto Association of Britain enriches the book. The Foreword is entrusted to John Garth, author of the books Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth (HarperCollins, 2003) and Tolkien at Exeter College (Exeter College, 2014).

Signed by Oronzo Cilli.*

David R. Collins, J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Fantasy.

Minneapolis, 1992
Paperback. Written for high school students, with an amuzing cover (Tolkien reading to two orcs). Illustrated in b&w by William Heagy and many photo's, some here published for the first time.

Michael Coren, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings (hardback)

Boxtree, 2001
Boxtree, 2001. 1st edition. Hardback. Illustrated.*

Michael Coren, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings (paperback)

Boxtree, 2002. 1st edition thus. Paperback. Illustrated.*

Michael Coren, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings (Canadian paperback)

Stoddart, 2002. 1st edition thus. Paperback. Illustrated.*

Michael Coren, Tolkien: Le créateur du Seigneur des Anneaux

French translation of the above biography
HMH, 2001. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated.*

John Curtis, Oxford. Jarrold, 2000

Oblong photobook on Oxford, with many Tolkien connections (such as Exeter and Merton College). He is mentioned by a picture of the pub "The Eagle and Child". 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued)

Raymond Edwards, Tolkien

Hale, 2014. Hardback. Illustrated with photo's.

J.R.R. Tolkien has arguably had a greater influence on contemporary culture and reading habits than any other twentieth century writer. Successful film versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have only increased interest in his work. What sort of man was he, who so profoundly changed the sort of things we read and write? When The Lord of the Rings was published, Tolkien was in his early sixties; until then, he had led the outwardly unremarkable life of an Oxford don. Yet beneath the surface conventionality, his astonishing imaginative life, nourished by the rich sources of his professional interests, grew luxuriantly. This is the first Tolkien biography since Humphrey Carpenter's authorized life of 1977 to deal with the wealth of posthumously published material; it sets Tolkien's imaginative writing firmly in the context of his academic life, shows the great personal and professional difficulties he overcame to complete The Lord of the Rings and charts his ultimately unsuccessful efforts to complete the great cycle of legends that appeared, after his death, as The Silmarillion. It also deals with Tolkien's role in the precipitous decline of his academic discipline, philology, as a university subject; and shows how, in one sense, his imaginative achievement is itself a triumphant vindication of his academic career.*

John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War. The Threshold of Middle-earth

 

HarperCollins, 2004. Paperback. Illustrated with photo's. Focusses on Tolkien's life as a soldier in the First World War.*

John Garth, Tolkien at Exeter College

How an Oxford undergraduate created Middle-earth
Oxford, 2014. 1st editon. Stapled wrappers. Great study, filled with new material on Tolkien's student years. Profusely illustrated with photo's. Signed by the author.*