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J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography
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Wayne Hammondís Tolkien bibliography (aka Hammond) is mentioned on almost every page at TolkienBooks.net. This fascinating volume was compiled and written over a number of years by Wayne G. Hammond with the assistance of Douglas A. Anderson, and was finally published in 1993. The book is divided into a number of sections:
Foreword by Rayner Unwin
Introduction by Wayne G. Hammond
Section A - Books by J.R.R. Tolkien
Section B - Books Edited, Translated, or with Contributions by J.R.R. Tolkien
Section C - Contributions to Periodicals
Section Di - Published Letters in Collections
Section Ei - Art in Collections
Section Fi - Audio Recordings
Section G - Translations
Sections C, Dii, Eii, F and G merely list the title, publication details and contents of the book in question, but sections A, B, Di and Ei go into much greater detail - describing title pages, contents, illustrations, format and bindings (plus dustwrappers and slipcases when present) as well as giving accounts of the composition and publication of the texts, and of subsequent corrections and revisions, variant bindings and later reissues.
A review of the book can be found on Jason Fisher's blog: Lingwë - Musings of a Fish.
As is to be expected in a work of such complexity and scope, there are a number of errors, omissions and mis-interpretations within the Descriptive Bibliography. Some of these are recorded at TolkienBooks.net, but a more exhaustive listing can be found in The Tolkien Collector. A Second Edition of the Descriptive Bibliography has been promised for some time, but has been delayed by work on other projects including The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide and The Lord of the Rings: A Readerís Companion.
TolkienBooks.net began life as a simple illustrated guide to the British editions listed in the Descriptive Bibliography, and to a large extent remains just that. Virtually all entries for publications issued before 1993 include a cross reference to the Descriptive Bibliography where further details are available.
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