lunedì 24 ottobre 2011

Farmer Giles of Ham, edizione inglese/americana 1970

Farmer Giles di Ham
di J.R.R. Tolkien
George Allen and Unwin, Londra / Houghton Mifflin, Boston
1° ed. 1949, 7° Impr. 1970
Printed in Great Britain by photolithography by John Dickens and Co Ltd, Northampton
Dedicato a C.H. Wilkinson
Illustrato da Pauline Baynes
Rilegato con sovraccoperta

Note di copertina

Here is a new tale by the author of The Hobbit, a fairy story which was acclaimed by discerning critics as possessing an imaginative  vitality by discerning as rare as genius. Farmer Giles, rather than a fairy story of any usual kind, is an imaginative history of the distant and marvelous past. Its scene is the valley of the Thames and this island of Britain, while it was “still happily divided intro many kingdoms,” in the days before King Arthur or the Seven Kingdoms.

Here is a new hero, unheroic, but fortunate and shrewd, Farmer Giles of Ham, and his mare, and his dog. Here also for dragon-fanciers, is another dragon, less terrible perhaps than Smaug, but no less wealthy or wily: Chrystophylax of imperial line.

The story was not written for children in particular, but many of them will enjoy it all the more for that, as some already have. Its imaginative atmosphere and magic are best captured when it is read aloud, when it will live with all the force of “a tale that holdeth children from play and old men from the chimney corner.”

The delightful embellishments by Pauline Diana Baynes include two plates in colour.

‘It is full of scholar’s wit, with graceful drawings entirely suited to the text, and will be appreciated by discriminating children of all ages.’ Sunday Times

Seventh Impression

Il volume è dedicato al colonnello C. H. Wilkinson il quale secondo Tolkien fu il sostenitore del romanzo. Infatti prima della prefazione è stata disegnata la spada Mordicoda; poiché la ditta Wilkinson Sword produce dal 1772 spade per la casa reale.

In quarta di copertina si presentano alcuni giudizi sulle opere edite di Tolkien, ebbene il Signore degli Anelli perde un S finale e diventa The Lord of the Ring!

Retro di copertina

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit

‘An exciting epic of travel, magical adventure and, working up to devastating climax, war.’ – Observer

‘This is a solidly delightful book.’ – Times

‘One long enchantment, an ingenious story that will delight any child. Crammed with episodes that will obliterate need for meals and bed.’ – Times Literary Supplement

The Lord of the Ring

The Felloswship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

‘This book is like lightning from a clear sky.’ C.S. Lewis

‘A work of art.’ Howard Spring

‘For width of imagination it almost beggars parallel.’ Richard Hughes

‘Better than your wildest dreams.’ W.H. Auden

‘Prose of majestic and delicate beauty.’ – Truth

Adventures of Tom Bombadil
Illustrated by Pauline Baynes

‘Something close to genius … To those already hobbitomanes, this book is bound to be a delight.’ – The Listener

Tree and Leaf

‘A striking essay.’ – New Statesman

Books that matter

Vedi qui edizione la 4° rist. del 1965