Rare Academical Works

Beowulf The Monsters and the Critics by JRR Tolkien
1936 1st printing of booklet from the memorial lectures
1st printing of the booklet containing the Lecture given by JRR Tolkien for The Sir Israel Gollancz memorial Lecture, british Academy 1936.

Laid paper with 'Cassiobury' watermark, bound in grey wove wrappers, binding still tight. Published six months before its appearance in vol. 22 of the printed annual proceedings of the Academy. Housed in a protective black clamshell box with gilt titles to spine. Wrappers have become slightly soiled . Internally the pages are remarkably clean and undamaged. As in Hammond and Anderson Bibliography A.2. A wonderful first published edition of the lecture given by Prof Tolkien in November 1936, he lectures on the poem Beowulf,  specifically the monsters (Grendel and the Dragon) and past critics of the work. A powerful and rare document and one that makes you wish you were at the lecture itself. Please ask for further information or images.

This is a stunning copy and for the tolkien collector.


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