Edith Tolkien (1889-1971) a hand written letter by the wife of J. R. R. Tolkien to his official photographer Pamela Chandler, dated Oct. 25th / 67: My dear Pamela, I'm sorry you've had to wait so long for an answer - but my husband has been very ill, with a dreadful virus & he had a Temp. for three weeks. As soon as he could be moved, we came home - & he was still in bed for the first week, but he is much better, & went out yesterday - the first time in nearly five weeks. He is still weak, but he is much better, & went out yesterday. - the first time in five weeks. He is still weak - & easily tired - & the Doctor says the pains in his head will continue for some time -& it's affected his eyes. & don't know when we shall go home: - the Dr. wants him to get much stronger first. He's had wonderful attention and kindness from everybody. & was terribly tired - so am very grateful for the rest & comfort. We are so sorry you haven't a job yet. It must be annoying for you. How are the dogs? - it was too bad we missed you when you went to see Priscilla about the prints. We should much like six of the smallest ones - as several friends will like to have one & it would be nice for a Xmas gift. The family have been delighted with their's - & we had them frame in grey as you suggested. Christopher (the son you met) has just flown back from Canada: he saw the glorious Autumn colours before he left and says they are marvellous. We are now Great. Grandparents! Our grand daughter had a little girl in August. No wonder we feel old!! Love - & many good wishes from us both Edith W Tolkien
Sold for £360
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Auction: Specialist Collector's Sale Featuring The Photographer Pamela Chandler's (1928-1993) Collection, Wed, 1st Dec 2021
Presale viewing and attendance on sale day strictly by appointment only, please book your appointment by telephoning the office on 01206 754754. Please note cars are on view off site Saturday 27th November between 10am-12pm and Monday 29th November between 10am-3pm, details will be given on booking an appointment
Three day Collectors' sale to incorporate Coins, Weapons and Militaria.
Day One - Lots 1 - 1099 (Jewellery, Coins & Militaria)
Day Two - Lots 1100 - 1917 (Ceramics & Glass; The Photographer Pamela Chandler's Collection lots 1450-1553 including photographs, negatives, letters including from J R R Tolkein, first edition books & related material; Ephemera & Stamps; Books & Toys)
Day Three - Lots 1979 - 2765 (Cars & Automobilia; Vintage & Designer Clothing; Music, Cameras & Miscellaneous)
Presale viewing strictly by appointment will be:
Friday 26th November 1pm until 5pm
Saturday 27th November 9am until 1pm
Monday 29th November 9am until 5pm
Please note cars are on view off site Saturday 27th November between 10am-12pm and Monday 29th November between 10am-3pm, details will be given on booking an appointment
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