#001343 - The New Testament in the Westminster Version of the Sacred Scriptures, Signed By J.R.R. Tolkien - sold
In the text block are numerous notes and bibliographical amendments by the noted author J.R.R. Tolkien
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|The New Testament in the Westminster Version of the Sacred Scriptures, published by Sands & Company Ltd in 1947.
This copy of the New Testament was previously owned by J.R.R. Tolkien.
In the text block are numerous notes and bibliographical amendments by the noted author.
In some cases Professor Tolkien even corrects errors in the Bible's footnotes (who else would do this, other than J.R.R. Tolkien!). There are numerous instances of burned spots from tobacco ash falling on the pages.
The front free endpaper has a wonderful example of his signature, characterized by the three dots and underlying 'swoosh' he has become famous for. The handwritten script in the notes can be compared favorably to known handwritten Lord of the Rings script pages archived at Marquette University, and reprinted in pages of the History of Middle Earth. A letter of provenance is included from a member of the family that previously owned this Bible, stating, "This New Testament was handed down to me from my parents who had known the Tolkiens (in Bournemouth) since the sixties.
They had often talked fondly about the time spent with them and used to say how they were very happy people who enjoyed the simple things in life like hearty conversation amongst friends.
All the amendments within its pages are totally genuine as well as the tobacco as both my parents never smoked."
A very significant and personal item, originally published a few years after The Hobbit, and a few years before The Lord of the Rings. Much has been written about Tolkien's personal faith which was so subtly and skillfully infused into the moral fabric of Middle-earth, and which he drew upon to convince fellow author C.S. Lewis that the Gospels truly represented "the greatest story ever told".
The notes and emendations in this New Testament display a knowledge and fluency with scripture which is on par with his stunning literary and linguist skills.
A marvelous and unique Christian association copy for the discriminating Tolkien Collector.
A custom leather clamshell case is being prepared to house and protect this highly sought after J.R.R. Tolkien Signed New Testament.
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