giovedì 14 febbraio 2013

A Middle-Earth Album, prima edizione 1979 firmata dall'autore Joan Wyatt

A Middle-Earth Album
Paintings by Joan Wyatt Inspired by Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
Illustrazione di Joan Wyatt
Introduzione di Jessica Yates
Thames and Hudson, London, 1979, pp. 58
Illustrazioni di copertina di Joan Wyatt

Il volume in mio possesso presenta una dedica dell'illustratore. Si legge "little best wishes, Joan Wyatt".

Il volume presenta a prefazione e i commenti di Jessica Yates, nel 1979 segretaria della Tolkien Society inglese. Ha visto due pubblicazioni: una nel 1979 per Thames and Hudson di Londra e una per Simon and Schuster di New York.
Presenta 30 illustrazioni di Wyatt.

Note di copertina
The world of Middle-Earth has a magical appeal that breaks across barriers of age and nation. Now the unforgettable atmosphere, the romance and the inspiration of the great epic, The Lord of the Rings, can be experienced through the vision of the artist, Joan Wyatt, in a series of paintings, all reproduced here for the first time. Hobbits and Ents, Balrogs and Elves, the excitement of the Watcher on the Water sending out his multiple tentacles or the Riders of Rohan in pursuit of the Orcs, the grandeur of the Great Hall Meduseld of the Rohirrim or the city of Minas Tirith, the poignant farewell of Sam and Frodo - these and many other scenes and characters are conjured up and brought to life. Responding to what she describes as Tolkien's marvelous descriptions, Joan Wyatt began painting her illustrations to The Lord of the Rings in 1974 in the studio she had built in the walled garden of her eighteenth-century cottage in Kent: her chosen medium was gouache. Jessica Yates, (at the time of publishing) the Secretary of the Tolkien Society in Great Britain, has provided an introduction and commentaries on all the paintings.