The Father Christmas Letters

TOLKIEN, J.R.R. (author and illustrator). The Father Christmas Letters.

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TOLKIEN, J.R.R. (author and illustrator). The Father Christmas Letters. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1976.

Slim 4to, publisher's pictorial laminated boards, illustrated to both covers; sketches and drawings throughout in colour, in profusion, after Tolkien's original manuscript; [unpaginated]; essentially a fine copy, perhaps a touch faded to the spine, with a few small indentations.
First edition, issued without a dustwrapper.
Tolkien's illustrated correspondence in the guise of Father Christmas, written to his four children between 1920 and 1942. The letters relate a series of crazy adventures involving Santa, his helpers, and the North Polar Bear and his cubs and involve, in characteristic Tolkien style, an invented elfen language.

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