An Illustrated Tolkien Bibliography

J.R.R. Tolkien
A Descriptive Bibliography
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1910-1937 - The Early Years

1937 - The Hobbit

1938-1953 - The Middle Years

1954-1955 - The Lord of the Rings

1955-1973 - The Later Years

1974-1990 - After Tolkien Part 1

1991-2010 - After Tolkien Part 2

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J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive BibliographyJ.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography
Wayne G. Hammond
with the assistance of Douglas A. Anderson.
First Published 1993.
St. Paul's Bibliographies, Winchester. ISBN 1873040113.
Oak Knoll Books, New Castle, Delaware. ISBN 0938768425.

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Wayne G. Hammond's Tolkien bibliography (aka Hammond) is mentioned on almost every page at This fascinating volume was compiled and written over a number of years by Wayne G. Hammond with the assistance of Douglas A. Anderson, and was published in 1993. The book is divided into a number of sections:

Foreword by Rayner Unwin

Introduction by Wayne G. Hammond

Section A - Books by J.R.R. Tolkien

Section B - Books Edited, Translated, or with Contributions by J.R.R. Tolkien

Section C - Contributions to Periodicals

Section Di - Published Letters in Collections
Section Dii - Separately Published Letters and Excerpts

Section Ei - Art in Collections
Section Eii - Posters, Puzzles, Calendars, Cards and Miscellaneous Art

Section Fi - Audio Recordings
Section Fii - Printed Interviews
Section Fiii - Miscellaneous Writings and Manuscripts

Section G - Translations

Sections C, Dii, Eii, F and G merely list the title, publication details and contents of the book in question, but sections A, B, Di and Ei go into much greater detail - describing title pages, contents, illustrations, format and bindings (plus dustwrappers and slipcases when present) as well as giving accounts of the composition and publication of the texts, and of subsequent corrections and revisions, variant bindings and later reissues.

A review of the book can be found on Jason Fisher's blog:  Lingwë - Musings of a Fish.

As is to be expected in a work of such complexity and scope, there are a number of errors, omissions and mis-interpretations within the Descriptive Bibliography. Some of these are recorded at, but a more exhaustive listing can be found in The Tolkien Collector. A Second Edition of the Descriptive Bibliography has been promised for some time, but has been delayed by work on other projects including The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide and The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion. began life as a simple illustrated guide to the British editions listed in the Descriptive Bibliography, and to a large extent remains just that. Virtually all entries for publications issued before 1993 include a cross reference to the Descriptive Bibliography where further details are available.


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