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J.R.R. Tolkien.

A Middle English Vocabulary. Designed for use with Sisam's Fourteenth Century Verse & Prose.

Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1922.

Paperback. There is a previous owner's name written to the front cover and to the top of the title page (see pictures one and two) and the title of the book has been written in ink to the spine (see picture three). There is a tear to the bottom of the spine which extends about a quarter of the way up it's length. There are also a couple of other nicks to the cover and the book is a little dust-marked and a touch fragile commensurate with its age. There are also a couple of pencil marks to the text.

This is the first edition of Tolkien's first book-length work and collates as per Hammond and Anderson A1 (page 1).

As to which binding variant this edition is, that is more tricky to ascertain. It appears that this copy has been bound (probably relatively contemporaneously with the publication of the book) in grey paper covers and has had the light brown covers from one of the three Binding Variants (each variant for this first edition shows 57 ornaments left and right and 36 across the top and bottom and with the seven titles on the rear cover starting with Sweet and ending with Fowler) pasted onto the grey paper covers. It is important to note that there are no endpapers in this copy which would have helped to determine which of the three variants this copy is. The text opens at the title page and ends at the page with 'Printed in England at the Oxford University Press' at the bottom.

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