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January 09, 2014

Songs For The Philologists (1936)

"Songs for the Philologists is a collection of poems by E. V. Gordon and J. R. R. Tolkien as well as traditional songs."

It is the rarest and most difficult to find Tolkien-related book. Originally a collection of typescripts compiled by Gordon in 1921–1926 for the students of the University of Leeds, it was given by A. H. Smith of University College London, a former student at Leeds, to a group of students to be printed privately in 1935 or 1936, and printed in 1936 with the impressuum "Printed by G. Tillotson, A.H. Smith, B. Pattison and other members of the English Department, University College, London."

Since Smith had not asked permission of either Gordon or Tolkien, the printed booklets were not distributed. Most copies were destroyed in a fire, and only a few, perhaps around 14, survived.

Appendix I: A table of contents.

Appendix II: A snip at US$ 29,700.00 (plus US$ 14.00 for shipping to Canada)..

Appendix III: Rare Tolkien books seen on eBay.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 9, 2014 10:47 AM