A charming new pocket edition of one of Tolkien's major pieces of short fiction, and his only finished work dating from after publication of The Lord of the Rings. What began as a preface to The Golden Key by George MacDonald eventually grew into this charming short story, so named by Tolkien to suggest an early work by P.G. Wodehouse. Composed almost a decade after The Lord of the Rings, and when his lifelong occupation with the 'Silmarillion' was winding down, Smith of Wootton Major was the product of ripened experience and reflection. It was published in 1967 as a small hardback, complete with charming black and white illustrations by Pauline Baynes, and would be the last work of fiction to be published in Tolkien's own lifetime. Now, almost 50 years on, this enchanting tale of a wanderer who finds his way into the perilous realm of Faery is being published once again as a pocket hardback. Contained here are many intriguing links to the world of Middle-earth, as well as to Tolkien's other tales, and this new edition is enhanced with a facsimile of the illustrated first edition, a manuscript of Tolkien's early draft of the story, notes and an alternate ending, and a lengthy essay on the nature of Faery.
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Set in the world of Faery, this tells of the preparation of the Great Cake to mark the Feast of Good Children. It should have been a cheerful, human occasion, but other powers were at work and the world of man and of Faery met and blended in a strange union.About the Author:
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.
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Book Description Allen & Unwin November 1967, 1967. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good - Used. Houghton Mifflin Co. (American) First Printing. NO dust jacket. Pencil marks on the pastedown and front end paper, otherwise little to no marks found. Binding in good condition. Book condition is good or better unless otherwise noted. Paperbacks, especially mass market paperbacks, will have spine creasing and may have age toned pages and curled covers. Binding will be intact, no major splits unless otherwise noted. We do our best to describe each book accurately. Any discrepancy between what is described and what is pulled will be noted in an email. If you would like a detailed description beyond what has been provided, please ask. Bookseller Inventory # 402782
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR005457169
Book Description George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London, 1971. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Baynes, Pauline (illustrator). Fourth Impression. A clean copy of the 4th impression of this delightful work. A small mark to the top of the front board where a price label has been removed. 62pp with b/w line illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 009839
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # TT00737595B
Book Description Allen & Unwin. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 0048230766 UK BASED SELLER - SHIPS DAILY,NO DJ,COVER DIFFERS. Bookseller Inventory # E0053338
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, 1974. Hardback (No Dust Wrapper.). Pauline Baynes (illustrator). | Pictorial boards. 6" x 4¼". 61pp. | Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. For more photos or information, use the «Ask Bookseller» button and I'll be pleased to help. The book is in stock and ships from the rustic nirvana of Peasedown St. John, near Bath, England from a long-established bookseller - guaranteed by my reputation and the UK Distance Selling Act. Remember! BUYING THIS BOOK means my Jack Russells get their supper! Condition :: Good. Just. A copy for reading being generally shabby but text complete and acceptable. Sticker scar to the upper board. Pages lightly age-tanned. Bookseller Inventory # 158935
Book Description Allen & Unwin, London, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1975 rep. Bookseller Inventory # 002366
Book Description Nelson Doubleday Inc., New York, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Pauline Bayne (illustrator). Book Club (BCE/BOMC). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near Fine yellow hardcover. Color illustrated endpapers. Very good scarce blue color pictorial DJ. Slight wear and tear to DJ. (1976), 8vo, 117pp. , Bookseller Inventory # 010018
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1967. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used - Very Good. 1967 First Printing. Hardback with dustjacket. Very Good Condition. Sunning to dustjacket. Corner clipped to front flap. Small tear to edge of spine. SKU-6146583 1967-01-01. Bookseller Inventory # SKU-6146583
Book Description Grorge Allen & Unwin, London, 1974. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. Pauline Baynes (illustrator). 7th Impression. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. .Pictorial laminated boards, 62 clean pages, illustrated through-out by Pauline Baynes, small strips of white out on inside front cover, minor edge wear along heel of spine, the scan you see is the book you get. Bookseller Inventory # 001326