One-Minute Book Reviews

December 11, 2007

Gifts for Readers — Hobbit Poster From the Bodleian Library at Oxford

[I’m tossing in a few extra posts this week with suggested gifts for readers. Again, no kickbacks from their sellers. These are just gifts that I like and help to support libraries or other friends of books. Today’s review appears in the post below this one.]

Most book posters are artless enough to appeal only to fans of the titles they promote. Not this handsome poster published by the Bodleian Library at Oxford University for an exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in 1987. The poster shows one of Tolkien’s drawings for the first edition of the novel, depicting the scene “Bilbo Comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves.” It has the dates of the exhibit and sells for 5.95 pounds (about $12) at Bodleian Library Shop Online shop.bodley.ox.ac.uk/acatalog/index.html. The shop has other Hobbit posters and literary gifts, including cards imprinted with quotations from Shakespeare or reproductions of the covers of Victorian gardening books owned by the library. A related gift: The Hobbit: 70th Anniversary Edition (Houghton Mifflin, $25) www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com, just published in the U.S., which has Tolkien’s original drawings and an introduction by Christopher Tolkien.

Drawing: (c) The Trustees of the Tolkien Estate 2005.

(c) 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

2 Comments »

  1. Thanks for these links! I think it’s a great idea. I enjoy seeing what other readers find appealing as gifts. Especially at this time of year.

    Comment by Jon — December 11, 2007 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

  2. So glad you like them. Hope you feel the same way later in the week when I start tossing in the kinkier, just-for-fun gifts. I’m saving the most amusing ones for Friday on the theory that it’s the day when people most need a laugh …
    Jan

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — December 12, 2007 @ 3:17 am | Reply


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