Art books

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Pictures by Tolkien. A&U, 1979

1st edition

George Allen & Unwin. 1st edition. Oversized hardback (no dustjacket issued) in a slipcase, containing all the watercolours and b&w illustrations Tolkien made for Middle-earth. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Pictures by Tolkien. HougthonMifflin, 1979

1st edition

Houghton Mifflin. 1st American edition. Oversized hardback (no dustjacket issued) in a slipcase, containing all the watercolours and b&w illustrations Tolkien made for Middle-earth. Antiquarian: book in fine condition, slipcase in very good condition (some fading and rubbing).*

Pictures by Tolkien. HarC, 2021

Available in November. You can pre-order

HarperCollins, 2021. 1st edition thus. Hardback in slipcase. Illustrated.

With Christopher Tolkien as your guide, take a tour through this colourful gallery of enchanting art produced by J.R.R. Tolkien and presented in an elegant new slipcased edition.

This collection of pictures, with a text by Christopher Tolkien, now reissued after almost 30 years confirms J.R.R. Tolkien’s considerable talent as an artist. It provides fascinating insight into his visual conception of many of the places and events familiar to readers of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.

Examples of his art range from delicate watercolours depicting Rivendell, the Forest of Lothlorien, Smaug, and Old Man Willow, to drawings and sketches of Moria Gate and Minas Tirith. Together they form a comprehensive collection of Tolkien’s own illustrations for his most popular books.

Also included are many of his beautiful designs showing patterns of flowers and trees, friezes, tapestries and heraldic devices associated with the world of Middle-earth. In their variety and scope they provide abundant visual evidence of the richness of his imagination.

This enchanting gallery was personally selected by Christopher Tolkien who, through detailed notes on the sources for each picture, provides unique insight into the artistic vision of his father, J.R.R. Tolkien.*

Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator (paperback)

HarperCollins, 1998. Paperback. Study of Tolkien as artist, abundantly illustrated in colour and b&w.*

Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond, The Art of The Hobbit

HarperCollins, 2011. Hardback (no dustjacket issued) in slipcase. To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, a sumptuous full colour art book containing the complete collection of more than 100 Hobbit sketches, drawings, paintings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.*

Scull/Hammond, The Art of The Lord of the Rings

HarperCollins, 2015. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued) in a slipcase. Contains more than 180 paintings, drawings, sketches and maps by Tolkien, most of which published here for the first time. With an introduction and commentary by Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond.*

Tolkien's World. Paintings of Middle-earth

HarperCollins, 1994. 1st edition. Large paperback with paintings by many illustrators, such as Alan Lee, Ted Nasmith, John Howe, Michael Hague, Inger Edelfeldt a.o. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine faded).*

Realms of Tolkien. Images of Middle-earth (hardback)

HarperPrism, 1996
1st edition. Hardback. 58 colour plates from various artists, such as Ted Nasmith, Alan Lee, John Howe, Cor Blok, Inger Edelfeldt a.o. Antiquarian: fine condition (slight wrinkling of dustjacket at the top of the spine).*

T.R. Adams, The Flintstones

A Modern Stone Age Phenomenon
Atlanta, 1994. 1st edition. Hardback. A lavishly illustrated book on this popular cartoon series. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Brian Aldiss (ed.), Science Fiction Art

The Fantasies of SF
NEL, 1975. 1st edition. Postersize paperback with the illustrated history of Sf-fantasy illustrations. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

The Pictures of Wayne Anderson

Through A Looking Glass
Paper Tiger. Paperback. "Exploring the humorous, the absurd, the sensual and the macabre."*

Pauline Baynes, Osric: the Extraordinary Owl

A beautiful story brought to life with stunning artworks by the illustrator of Middle-earth and Narnia, Pauline Baynes.

Osric the Extraordinary Owl tells the story of a little owl who considers his life to be as dull, grey and uninteresting as his feathers and goes in search of a more colourful identity.

This book is a collaboration between two friends: the renowned illustrator Pauline Baynes – celebrated for her incomparable illustrations to the seven volumes in C S Lewis’ much-loved ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ and books by  J R R Tolkien, along with treasured maps of Middle-earth and Narnia – and the award-winning writer and broadcaster, Brian Sibley, who has written about both Lewis and Tolkien and was responsible for the legendary  BBC Radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings.

It was at the Tolkien Society’s 50th anniversary conference in 2019, when noted Tolkien artist Jay Johnstone met Brian Sibley and another of Pauline’s friends, Wayne G. Hammond, who has curatorship of the Pauline Baynes bequest of paintings and drawings. Out of that Tolkien encounter came the decision to finally get Osric’s saga into print.

This collector’s edition hardback book with a foreword by Wayne G. Hammond has been designed and produced by Jay Johnstone and comes in a gilded presentation box.

Each Hardback book is individually signed and numbered by Jay Johnstone and comes with signed book plates by Brian Sibley & Wayne G. Hammond.

This is an exclusive LIMITED EDTION with a print run of only 250.

Size: 192mmx 237mm, Hardback book with dust jacket, Silver foil icon on black presentation box*

Ivan Cavini, Middle Artbook

Disegnare e construire la Terra di Mezzo
Bologna, 2015. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Profusely illustrated book on the Tolkien work by this Italian artist. Much attention is paid to his art design of the Tolkien museum in Switzerland. Text in Italian.*

John Cockshaw, Wrath, Ruin and a Red Nightfall


2016. Paperback. 1st edition. John Cockshaw brings landscape and macro-photography together with digital art to create hauntingly beautiful images. Presented with pasages that inspired them, along with poems, essays and reflections. *

Ciruelo, The Book of the Dragons

Dac Editions, 2000. Paperback. Profusely illustrated book on the various types of dragons. Smaug is featured as well.*

Ciruelo Cabral, Ciruelo

Paper Tiger, 1990. 1st edition. Hardback. Text by Nigel Suckling. Overview of the work of this Spanish artist. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

David Day, The Illustrated World of Tolkien

A Visual Celebration of the Vast Lands, Epic Battles, Formidable Beasts, Heroes, Peoples and Armies of Tolkien's World.
Cassell, 2019. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Illustrated. Tolkien's works have inspired artists for generations and have given rise to myriad interpretations of the rich and magical worlds he created.
The Illustrated World of Tolkien gathers together artworks and essays from expert illustrators, painters and etchers, and fascinating and scholarly writing from renowned Tolkien expert David Day, and is an exquisite reference guide for any fan of Tolkien's work, Tolkien's world and the imaginative brilliance his vision inspired.*

Tim Dedopulos, Wizards. A Magical History Tour

London, 2001
A picturebook on wizards, with chapters on Tolkien, Harry Potter, Merlin e.a. 1st edition. Hardback.


esposiione d'arte sulla creature fantastisch
Abraxa, 2000. 1st edtion. Paperback. Exhibition catalogue of Italian art with the theme 'Dragons". Illustrated in colour. Text in Italian. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Anke Eissmann, Beowulf and the Dragon

Walking Tree Publishers are pleased to announce the publication of a luxury edition of the 'Dragon Episode' from Beowulf. The book presents the Old English text and Modern English translation side by side. It is illustratied in black, white and red by Anke Eissmann, who has worked with the Walking Tree Publishers on numerous occasions in the past (including the cover illustrations of many of the Cormarë Series books). The foreword was written by the celebrated Tolkien expert, Tom Shippey.

1st edition. Oblong hardback (no dustjacket issued).*

Forg Sketchbook

Volume 8 in the Tundra Sketchbook Series
Tundra, 1991. 1st edition. Paperback.

Frank Frazetta, Icon

A Retrospective by the Grand Master of Fantastic Art

Underwood, 1998. Overview of the work of this famous American illustrator. With material never published before. 1st edition. Hardback.*

A Touch of Fantasy: The Art of Dan Frazier

DPI, 1999
1st edition. Paperback. Contains 5 Tolkien illustrations.*

William Gaunt (ed.), Painters of Fantasy

From Hieronymus Bosch to Salvador Dali
Phaidon, 1974. 1st edition. Postersize paperback with 104 reproductions. Antiquarisch: very good condition.

Art Gilronan, From the Shire to the Sea


2016. Paperback. 1st edition. Filled with pastoral scenes from The Shire. Text includes the artist's comments about the image, the technique used, and his ponderings about the scene. *