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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. Riverwood, 1990

1st edition

Riverwood, 1990. 1st Canadian edition. Hardback. The poem by Tolkien from The Lord of the Rings, illustrated in colour by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

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/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, 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 50th Anniversary Edition (HoM)

HoughtonMifflin, 1999. Hardback. Reprint from the 1949 edition, together with an earlier version of the story (here published for the first time), with Tolkien's notes about a possible sequel. With an introduction by Tolkien scholars Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes.*

Farmer Giles of Ham 50th Anniversary Edition (HarC)

HarperCollins, 1999. 1st editon thus. Hardback. Reprint from the 1949 edition, together with an earlier version of the story (here published for the first time), with Tolkien's notes about a possible sequel. With an introduction by Tolkien scholars Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine faded, bottom of the rear of the dustjacket wrinkled).*

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

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

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*

Smith of Wootton Major/Farmer Giles of Ham. Ballantine

Ballantine, 44th printing. Pocket. Cover by Sergio Martinez. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes.*

Smith of Wootton Major. HarC, 2005

HarperCollins. 1st edition thus. Hardback. Illustrated.

Now, almost 50 years on, this enchanting tale of a wanderer who finds his way into the perilous realm of Faery is being published once again as a pocket hardback. Contained here are many intriguing links to the world of Middle-earth, as well as to Tolkien’s other tales, and this new edition is enhanced with a facsimile of the illustrated first edition, a manuscript of Tolkien’s early draft of the story, notes and an alternate ending, and a lengthy essay on the nature of Faery.*

 

Verlyn Flieger (ed.), On Fairy-stories (paperback)

Expanded edition, with commentary and notes

HarperCollins, 2014. 1st edition as paperback.

A new expanded edition of Tolkien's most famous, and most important essay, which defined his conception of fantasy as a literary form, and which led to the writing of The Lord of the Rings. Accompanied by a critical study of the history and writing of the text. J.R.R. Tolkien's "On Fairy-stories" is his most-studied and most-quoted essay, an exemplary personal statement of his views on the role of imagination in literature, and an intellectual tour de force vital for understanding Tolkien's achievement in the writing of The Lord of the Rings. "On Fairy-stories" comprises about 18,000 words. What is little-known is that when Tolkien expanded the essay in 1943, he wrote many more pages of his views that were originally condensed into or cut from the published version. An estimate is difficult, but these unpublished passages perhaps amount to half again as much writing as the essay itself. These passages contain important elaborations of his views on other writers, and their publication represents a significant addition to Tolkien studies.Included in this new critical study of the work are: / An introductory essay setting the stage for Tolkien's 1939 lecture (the origin of the essay) and placing it within a historical context.*

The Father Christmas Letters. George Allen & Unwin, reprint

Second edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued) with a selection of the letters Tolkien send at Christmas time to his childeren. Illustrated by Tolkien. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

The Father Christmas Letters. HarC, 1993

HarperCollins, 1993. 1st edition thus. Paperback with a selection of the letters Tolkien send at Christmas time to his childeren. Illustrated by Tolkien. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Letters from Father Christmas. HarC, 1995

Collins Childrens Books. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued) with the letters in envelopes. With a few letters not published before. Antiquarian: fine condition (spine faded).*

Letters from Father Christmas. HarperCollins, 1999

HarperCollins, 1999. 1st edition of this revised, expanded edition. Hardback.*

Letters from Father Christmas. HoughtonMifflin, 1999

HoughtonMifflin, 1999. Revised, expanded edition. Hardback.*

Letters from Father Christmas. HoughtonMifflin, 2004

1st edition thus. Paperback. With a few letters not published before.*

Letters from Father Christmas. HarperCollins, 2006

1st edition thus. Paperback. With a few letters not published before.*

Letters from Father Christmas. HarC, 2015

HarperCollins, 2015. Hardback. Illustrated in colour by Tolkien.

The first ever B-format edition of Tolkien’s complete Father Christmas letters, including a new introduction and rare archive materials.*

Letters from Father Christmas de luxe edition

HarperCollins, 2019. 1st edition thus. Quarter-bound with white boards, stamped in silver foil and illustrated with Tolkien's own pictures of Father Christmas and Polar Bear. Exclusive colour frontispiece. Revised and expanded introduction. Some of the letters appear here for the first time. In a matching slipcase with a facsimile of one of the North Polte stamps. Limited edition printing.*

Roverandom. HoughtonMifflin, 1998

Hardback. Illustrated by Tolkien with three watercolours and two drawings. Tolkien wrote this story about a dog that went to the moon in 1925. With an introduction by Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond.*

Roverandom. HarperCollins, 1998

Hardback. Illustrated by Tolkien with three watercolours and two drawings. Tolkien wrote this story about a dog that went to the moon in 1925. With an introduction by Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond.*

Roverandom. HoughtonMifflin, 1998. Paperback

Paperback. Illustrated by Tolkien with three watercolours and two drawings. Tolkien wrote this story about a dog that went to the moon in 1925. With an introduction by Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond.*

Roverandom. HarperCollins, 2002. Paperback

Paperback. Illustrated by Tolkien with three watercolours and two drawings. Tolkien wrote this story about a dog that went to the moon in 1925. With an introduction by Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond.*

Roverandom. HarC, 2013

HarperCollins, 2013. Hardback. Illustrated in colour by Tolkien.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy story about the adventures of a bewitched toy dog, written before The Hobbit.

While on holiday in 1925, four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his beloved toy dog on the beach at Filey in Yorkshire. To console him, his father, J.R.R.Tolkien, improvised a story about Rover, a real dog who is magically transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him in order to be returned to normal.

This charming tale, peopled by a sand-sorcerer and a terrible dragon, by the king of the sea and the Man-in-the-Moon, was Tolkien’s first full-length children’s book, written before The Hobbit. Now, nearly 90 years later, the adventures of Rover – or, for reasons that become clear in the story, ‘Roverandom’ – are published in this delightful pocket hardback edition. Rich in wit and wordplay, Roverandom is edited and introduced by Tolkien experts Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, and includes Tolkien’s own delightful illustrations.*