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TOLKIEN, J. R. R., & C. S. Lewis.
Archive of autograph letters signed to Robert W. Burchfield.
1923. [Together 2 works:] Kentish Place-Names: Large octavo. Original brown wrappers, titles printed to spine and front cover in black. Burchfield's ink ownership inscription to front wrapper, wrappers browned and detached with significant chipping, a good copy at best; Beowulf with the Finnesburg Fragment: Octavo. Original black boards, titles to spine in grey and to front board in blind. Burchfield's pencilled ownership inscription to front free endpaper, newspaper clipping taped to front pastedown, his marginal pencil notes throughout. Negligible rubbing to edges, a near-fine copy. [And:] 8 autograph letters and manuscript notes housed in 4 acetate wallets. Letters occasionally a little creased and browned; overall notably well-preserved. All pieces housed together in a custom blue cloth box by Sjoerd Hofstra. A remarkable archive of scholarly correspondence between Burchfield and three key Inkling members, demonstrating the lesser-seen academic lives of Tolkien and Lewis. This collection, from the library of noted philologist and lexicographer Robert W. Burchfield (1923-2004), consists of: three autograph letters signed from C. S. Lewis to Burchfield discussing an exchange of books and his membership to the Early English Text Society (of which Burchfield was the editorial secretary); a typed letter signed by fellow Inkling C. L. Wrenn (accompanied by Burchfield's copy of Wrenn's edition of Beowulf with the Finnesburg Fragment, 1953, and Burchfield's typescript draft response); Burchfield's copy of J. K. Wallenberg's Kentish Place-Names, which was lent to Tolkien for man … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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