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Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Father Christmas Letters (1st UK edition)


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Author: J.R.R Tolkien. (Edited by Baillie Tolkien).
Title: The Father Christmas Letters.
Language: Text in English.
Publisher: London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1976. First UK Edition.
Size: 11 “X 9 “.
Pages: unpaginated (46) pages.
Binding: Original illustrated hardcover binding. Still in original seal, although seal has been torn right hand corner (as shown)
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated with the letters and drawings of Tolkien for his children.

The book: Beautiful and attractive First UK Edition (published before the First US Edition) of The Father Christmas Letters, also known as Letters from Father Christmas, — a collection of letters written and illustrated by J. R. R. Tolkien between 1920 and 1943 for his children, from Father Christmas. They were released posthumously by the Tolkien estate on 2 September 1976, the 3rd anniversary of Tolkien’s death. They were edited by Baillie Tolkien, the second wife of his youngest son, Christopher. The book was warmly received by critics, and it has been suggested that elements of the stories inspired parts of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The UK’s first edition was by Allen and Unwin on 2 September 1976, three years after Tolkien’s death. The Houghton Mifflin First US edition was released later that year on 19 October.

The author: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE FRSL (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, best known as the author of the high fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.


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