TOLKIEN (J.R.R.) Collection, deriving from the papers of Tolkien's Bournemouth doctor and friend, Denis Tolhurst

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Lot 255
TOLKIEN (J.R.R.)
Collection, deriving from the papers of Tolkien's Bournemouth doctor and friend, Denis Tolhurst, comprising birthday card with inscribed envelope, signed copy of Smith of Wooton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham and a photograph of Tolkien

£ 1,000 - 1,500US$ 1,300 - 1,900
TOLKIEN (J.R.R.)
Collection, deriving from the papers of Tolkien's Bournemouth doctor and friend, Denis Tolhurst, comprising: (i) Autograph quatrain, subscribed "quoth Gandalf", beginning: "If one would live 'tis often best/ to treat one's doctor as a jest...", written on the flap of an envelope addressed in Elvish script to "D", together with the enclosed birthday card, inscribed to "Denis/ from Dad (der alte Tolke)", the card depicting two beetles facing imminent destruction as a golfer tees off, card stained, oblong 8vo

(ii) Paperback copy of Smith of Wooton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham, signed, browned, some wear, 8vo

(iii) Contemporary print of the last photograph of Tolkien, taken by his grandson Michael, showing him standing by the Black Pine, his favourite tree in the Oxford Botanical Gardens; inscribed on the reverse in ballpoint, 90 x 90mm.

Footnotes

  • GANDALF, THE OLD TOLKE, TO HIS DOCTOR, 'Dad' being Denis Tolhurst's familiar for his friend.
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