Reference works

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George Beahm, The Essential J.R.R. Tolkien Sourcebook

A fan's guide to Middle-earth and beyond

New Page, 2004. A heavily illustrated overview what one can collect in the Tolkien field (both books and merchandise), where to buy (but you already know that :-) - en interviews with Tolkien illustrators. 1st editiion. Paperback.*

Martin Breese, Breese's Guide to Modern First Editions

London, 1993
The current marketvalue of almost 1500 first edition, plus profiles of more than 100 most collected authors, including Tolkien. 1st edition. Hardback.

John Carratello, A Guide for Using The Hobbit in the Classroom

 

Teacher Created Resources, 2009. Reprint. Paperback. Illustrated by Sue Fullam. Questions, information and  assignments for schoolchildren.*

Oronzo Cilli, Tolkien's Library

An Annotated Checklist
Edinburgh, 2019. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Cover by Jay Johnstone. A reconstruction of Tolkien's private library.

“A combination of circumstances means that we know more about J.R.R. Tolkien than about almost any other author, from any period. Nevertheless, in spite of all the efforts, there remains a certain opacity about Tolkien, both professionally and personally.

As this book shows, there is a way to bridge that gap which has not been previously attempted: a fact which makes this work by Oronzo Cilli arguably the work with most potential for giving us a truer understanding of Tolkien; a work which, besides its own immediate effect, points the way for many further studies. What Oronzo has done is, quite simply, to collect what is known about the books Tolkien owned and read.

The best guide to an author’s mind is through his books, and in the work of Oronzo Cilli we have now the best and most valuable guide to Tolkien’s books. It is a devoted, enduring, and above all inspirational work of scholarship, but not, as Oronzo knows, a final one. It joins that very select group of works, the most useful of all: a book we should keep, update, and write notes in the margin of, for the rest of our lives.”

Tom Shippey*

Joseph Connolly, Modern First Editions

Their Value to Collectors

Orbis, 1985. Hardback. Illustrated with photo´s. Short biographies of the authors plus a listing of their books (first editions) and their value. Of course Tolkien is in here with three pages (apparantly he was born in Birmingham...) as well as C.S. Lewis. Antiquarian; fine condition.*

David Day, A-Z of Tolkien

Chancellor Press, 1996. 1st edition thus. Hardback. Illustrated in b&w. Reference work based on Day's Bestiary. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

David Day, The Battles of Tolkien

Cassell, 2016. 1st edition. Paperback in a leatherlike jacket. Describes the many battles in Middle-earth. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w by various artists.*

David Day, The Dark Powers of Tolkien

Cassell, 2018. 1st edition. Paperback in a leatherlike jacket. Describes the many evil characters in Middle-earth. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w by various artists.*

David Day, The Hobbits of Tolkien

Cassell, 2019. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated. The history of J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional world of Middle-earth starts with one magical word: Hobbit. From that word came a sentence, and then a grand story poured forth to create the infamous fantasy realm studied, written about, and enjoyed by millions. The Hobbits of Tolkien examines the origins of Tolkien’s most intriguing race. Insightful commentary by Tolkien scholar David Day explores their shire, their society, and their significance in the epic tales of The Lord of the Rings. Illustrations, charts, and commentary help bring this rich universe to life, making it an invaluable reference book for Tolkien fans of all ages.*

David Day, The World of Tolkien

Thunder Bay Press, 2020. Collection of the six booklets Day produced on Tolkien: A Dictionary of Tolkien, An Atlas of Tolkien, The Battles of Tolkien, The Heroes of Tolkien, The Dark Powers of Tolkien, The Hobbits of Tolkien. In a slipcase. Illustrated, Hardback in faux leather (no dustjackets issued).*

David Day, The Ring Legends of Tolkien

Cassell, 20120 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated. Tracing centuries of ancient folklore, The Ring Legends of Tolkien is a deep and highly informed investigation into the inspiration behind Tolkien's epic fantasy world, exploring the origins of the One Ring, as well as the extraordinary myths and legends that inspired Tolkien's works.*

David Day, Characters from Tolkien

A Bestiary

Chancellor Press, 2002. Paperback edition of A Tolkien Bestiary. Illustrated in b&w and colour.*
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David Day, Guide to Tolkien's World. Thunderbay

A Bestiary

San Diego, 2002. Paperback edition of A Tolkien Bestiary.*

David Day, Guide to Tolkien's World. Chancellor

 

London, 2001. Paperback edition of A Tolkien Bestiary, containing only the b&w illustration. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

David Day, Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (hardback)

Mitchell Beazley, 1992. Hardback. Reissue with some small alterations of A Tolkien Bestiary. Illustrated in colour and b&w. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

David Day, Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (Fireside)

Fireside. Reissue with some small alterations of A Tolkien Bestiary. Illustrated in colour and b&w. Oversized paperback.*

David Day, Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (Beazley)

Mitchell Beazley. Reprint, 2002. Reissue with some small alterations of A Tolkien Bestiary. Illustrated in colour and b&w. Oversized paperback.*

David Day, The Hobbit Companion

Pavilion, 1997
1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Nice picturebook about hobbits. Illustrated by Lidia Postma.*

David Day, The Hobbit Companion - Lidia Postma. Signed

Turner, 1997
1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Bookplate signed by Day and Postma. Antiquarian: very good condiiton (spine faded, at the bottom of the spine small damage).*

David Day, Le Bréviaire du Hobbit

French translation of The Hobbit Companion
Glénat, 1997. 1st editon. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated by Lidia Postma.*

David Day, The World of Tolkien

Mythological Sources of The Lord of the Rings
New York, 2003. Overview of the sources used by Tolkien. Many colour and b&w illustrations. 1st printing. Hardback.*

David Day, Tolkien's Ring

HarperCollins, 1994. 1st edition. Hardback. On the ring motive in mythology and fantasy. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w by Alan Lee. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

David Day, Tolkien's Ring. 1995

Pavilion, 1999. Second printing. Paperback. On the ring motive in mythology and fantasy, written by David Day. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w by Alan Lee. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine faded).*

David Day, Tolkien's Ring. 2011

HarperCollins, 2011. Reprint. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). On the ring motive in mythology and fantasy, written by David Day. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w by Alan Lee.*

David Day, A Dictionary of Sources of Tolkien

The History and Mythology That Inspired Tolkien's World

Cassell, 2019. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated.

The spellbinding world of Middle-earth is full of beasts and battles, heroes and heroines, and the struggle between good and evil.
In this dictionary of sources, Tolkien scholar and best-selling author David Day's four decades of research inform us about the lands, inhabitants, languages, geography and history of Middle-earth.
This compelling encyclopedia on Tolkien's world also includes over 200 illustrations and an appendix that examines the legends that were key sources for Tolkien's creations - the Völsunga Saga, the Nibelungenlied, and Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle.*