|Tolkien: signed book from his personal collection
Adam Fox: English Poem on a Sacred Subject
|Adam Fox English Poem on a Sacred Subject Oxford University
Press, England, 1929 First thus
A good copy in wrappers, chipped at the spine and edges, with some tanning to the margins. Front and back covers separated.
In ink, on upper right corner of the cover, in Tolkien’s hand, "JRR Tolkien." Unfortunately the signature has been somewhat compromised by a chip in the cover that has taken out the "olk" in Tolkien. Also included is a printed sheet that reads, "Sent with the Author’s compliments and in / accordance with the conditions of the prize. // Magdalen College, / Dec., 1929."
Adam Fox eventually became a member of The Inklings, and a friend of both Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. From Jack, the definitive C.S. Lewis biography by George Sayer: "Another breakfast companion was Adam Fox, the devout and gentle dean of the Divinity School, who helped Jack along the road to Christianity by his example and wise advice. Fox was also a lover of poetry, although not as an academic..." [p 190 (more information continued through p. 191)] From C.S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table , ed by Hames T Como (with an essay by Adam Fox called "At the Breakfast Table"): "Author, preacher, and poet, the Reverend Canon Fox, late of Westminster, was born in 1883 and went on to win the Sacred Poem Prize, to be a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and to be a Professor of Poetry at Oxford University... Canon Fox died in 1977."
The "Sacred Poem Prize" was for the contents of this offprint.