J.r.r. Tolkien Autograph, Age 19 Autograph From 1911 Psa/dna Certified Hobbit For Sale
Adam Andrusier Autographs says this is one of the earliest Tolkien autographs to ever hit the market!
1911 Oxford undergrad registry signed by 19 year-old J.R.R. Tolkien long before he would go on to write The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. Visitor’s book page, 8 x 9.75 lightly-lined, stamp-dated October 20, 1911. Page features signatures of Oxford University undergraduates, as well as the names of their respective colleges. One line is signed in black ink, “J. R. R. Tolkien, Exeter.”
If you have read John Garth's "Tolkien, Exeter College and the Great War", or Carpenter's Tolkien biography, you will notice Colin Cullis, who appears further up on the page from Tolkien. Both were very good friends. The two formed two college clubs together, and also shared a flat (i.e. an apartment) in the academic year 1914-15. Cullis was not fit enough to serve in the war, but died in the Spanish Influenza epidemic in 1919.
The color photo of a 19 year-old Tokien is included with the purchase and available nowhere else. One of a kind color photo with this one of a kind autograph.
Be aware that many signed Tolkien books are not genuine so this may be a good way to get a genuine Tolkien autograph.
Unlike other authors of the genre, Tolkien never favoured signing his works. Owing to his popularity, handsigned copies of his letters or of the first editions of his individual writings have however achieved high values at sales, and forged autographs may occur on the market. In particular, the signed first hardback edition of The Hobbit from 1937 has reportedly been offered for $85,000. Collectibles include also non-fiction books with hand-written annotations from Tolkien's private library.
Comes with a certificate of authenticity from PSA as well as another certificate of authenticity from RR sale.
While in his early teens, Tolkien had his first encounter with a constructed language, Animalic, an invention of his cousins, Mary and Marjorie Incledon. At that time, Tolkien was studying Latin and Anglo-Saxon. Interest in the language soon died away, but Mary and others, including Tolkien himself, invented a new and more complex language called Nevbosh. The next constructed language he came to work with, Naffarin, would be his own creation.
In 1911, while they were at King Edward's School, Birmingham, Tolkien and three friends, Rob Gilson, Geoffrey Smith and Christopher Wiseman, formed a semi-secret society which they called the "T.C.B.S.", the initials standing for "Tea Club and Barrovian Society", alluding to their fondness for drinking tea in Barrow's Stores near the school and, secretly, in the school library. Agreed leaving school, the members stayed in touch and, in December 1914, they held a "council" in London at Wiseman's home. For Tolkien, the result of this meeting was a strong dedication to writing poetry.
The 1911 census of England and Wales shows Tolkien (occupation "school") lodging at 4 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, along with his brother Hilary (occupation "hardware merchant's clerk").
In 1911, Tolkien went on a summer holiday in Switzerland, a trip that he recollects vividly in a 1968 letter, noting that Bilbo's journey across the Misty Mountains ("including the glissade down the slithering stones into the pine woods") is directly based on his adventures as their party of 12 hiked from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and on to camp in the moraines beyond Mürren. Fifty-seven years later, Tolkien remembered his regret at leaving the view of the eternal snows of Jungfrau and Silberhorn ("the Silvertine (Celebdil) of my dreams"). They went across the Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald and on across the Grosse Scheidegg to Meiringen. They continued across the Grimsel Pass, through the upper Valais to Brig and on to the Aletsch glacier and Zermatt.
In October of 1911, Tolkien began studying at Exeter College, Oxford.
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J.r.r. Tolkien Autograph, Age 19 Autograph From 1911 Psa/dna Certified Hobbit: $755