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1955 J.R.R. Tolkien Autograph Letter

Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $1,740.00

This gorgeously penned autograph letter from fantasy-fiction master J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) is written from his home in Oxford, England, on a single sheet of stationery with his home address embossed at top. Dated "16 December 1955," the Lord of the Rings author writes as follows: "Dear Mr. Cajan, Thank you very much for the pleasure and honour of your invitation to visit the Cambridge University English Club. I am afraid, however, that I must decline with regret. It's difficult for me to get to Cambridge in term-time, especially in the middle of the week, and I simply have not the time for the composition of any paper or address worthy of your notice and hospitality. Yours Sincerely, J.R.R. Tolkien." The writing is astonishingly fluid and aesthetically pleasing, reminiscent of Maxfield Parrish's penmanship, and extremely perfect with no stray marks or blotting. The signature is large, bold, and flawless ("10"). J.R.R. Tolkien is considered by many to be the modern founder of fantasy as a subject for literature with the publishing of The Hobbit in 1936. His Lord of the Rings trilogy took over ten years to complete, culminating with its publication at around the time of this letter, which also may explain his reluctance to address the Cambridge English Club. In 2003, Peter Jackson's film adaptation of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was honored with eleven Academy Awards. Remarkably well preserved, this letter was obviously a cherished keepsake of its owner. It is in Near Mint condition with the only imperfection being a natural horizontal mailing fold. This is an absolutely magnificent handwritten letter from the legendary J.R.R. Tolkien. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $1,740.00


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