Tolkien First Edition and Rare Books and Fantasy Prints and Art for Sale

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Collectable Art and Rare Books

We originally started as a general rare book dealer, eventually focusing on Tolkien and fantasy, art and books. We are now returning to general dealing to include rare children's books, misc. collectible contemporary and 1st edition Darwin with other Victorian naturalist. These books can also be found in our shop under added categories.
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We specialize in fantasy and illustrative artists whom only hand-paint and draw their art, not digital art. We are authorized agents for artists: Rodney Matthews, Roger Dean, Rainer Kalwitz, Ruth Lacon, Ted Nasmith, Tim Kirk, Michael Fishel and Joe Gilronan. See the page under the menu to the left to view and download a free catalogue for each artists or for our main catalogue.You will find us listed on many popular rare book and auction sites like Ebay with only the highest customer feedback scores.

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The Hobbit first edition fetches £137,000 at auction


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Brand new biography with exciting new insights and material never before published. First Edition soft cover as issued, each copy will be numbered and signed by the registered author "Elansea", Alex and Elizabeth and Ruth Lacon the cover artist . Don't delay, these will sell out soon. Regular unsigned copies are available from our other listing. Copies won't be available until after June 1st, but order yours today! Low numbers are already gone!

Elansea with Alexander Lewis and Elizabeth Currie:
J.R.R.Tolkien: Codemaker, Spy-master, Hero

– this biography is simply ground-breaking. The term ‘game-changer’ has been used pretty loosely over the years, but in the case of this biography, it is absolutely merited.

Tolkien has always been a mystery: how could someone seemingly so very ordinary who had lived an unexceptional life could produce exceptional works like The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion?

At last we have a very persuasive answer to that question, now that the Cold War is over. The many anomalies throughout Tolkien’s life which seem baffling as well as the content of his writings, the characters and plotlines of his major and minor stories, poetry and essays can be explained by an involvement with the Intelligence services over many decades.

As with much involving espionage, hard facts are thin on the ground, proof positive hard to come by, but Elansea helped by Lewis and Currie have assiduously chased down each and every anomalous event in Tolkien’s life and compared it with the historical context of the time. From this a picture emerges of a brave uniquely gifted and patriotic man who sacrificed both his academic and literary work for the sake of: his country, England.

The writings themselves have been analysed in a way never applied to them before, and they reveal Tolkien’s true espionage preoccupations overwhelmingly. It can truly be claimed that this book will transform the way readers will appreciate Tolkien’s works in the future. Re-read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and even The Silmarillion with new insight! See characters such as Gandalf, Aragorn, Frodo and Sauron as well as Bilbo and Thorin Oakenshield in a completely new light. Find out what are the origins of the Misty Mountains, of the Lonely Mountain, of Mordor, of Ithilien. Find out what lies behind the quests that Bilbo and his nephew Frodo go on, and those of Tolkien’s heroes from The Silmarillion.

This new biography reveals Tolkien to have been the gifted and exceptional man who wrote truly exceptional works writing what he knew from the inside – it is a story filled with excitement and passion, danger and sheer genius. From his involvement in Intelligence over a lifetime we can trace the origins of his unforgettable characters and wonderful stories.

In Tolkien himself we find a template for the heroes of Middle earth, and a model for a true hero of our own times. Tolkien’s life can now stand as a shining example to us all of what patriotism truly means.


Rodney Matthews Exhibition
December 2nd - 5th 2014 12 noon - 8pm
at the Metropolis Studios
The Power House, 70 Chiswick High Rd,
London W4 1SY

Plus on December 3rd at 6pm
Rodney Matthews gives a talk about his art.
Come along and have Rodney sign one of his prints for you.

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Rodney’s latest commission!
Why not have a commission done of your home or favourite place? Contact us for a quote!


Iconic British rock band Nazareth
Announce VIP gig/DVD launch:
14th November 2014

With renowned artist Rodney Matthews who has designed the sleeve artwork for the forthcoming Nazareth DVD release.  Rodney will be giving a talk on the day about his artwork and there will also be an exhibition of Rodney’s work at Metropolis for one month covering a range of his rock album covers, including his seminal artwork for Nazareth’s 1978 album ‘No Mean City’.

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Latest TV appearance on Channel 4's Four Rooms
Mark Faith of Festival Art and Books tries to sell the first ten printings of
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, June 1st 2014.

Mark Faith, promoting Tolkien collecting on TV
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For sale, perhaps the most important original
Tolkien related art piece?

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Festival in the Shire Exhibition, returns to Scotland
11th - 18th November 2013, 2013
at the Artist Gallery, 403 Holburn Street, Aberdeen
A celebration of fantasy art including classic rock album covers from Roger Dean and Rodney Matthews. The exhibition includes an exhibition of Album covers for the bands YES, ASIA, Uriah Heap, Nazareth, Magnum and other classic rock bands as well as art for books, posters and calendars. Artist signed prints and posters will be available for sale as well as Tolkien books and memorabilia. Rodney Matthews will give a free talk about his art on Tuesday 12th at 6:30pm and again on Saturday 16th at 6:30pm at the Artist Gallery. Come along and have Rodney sign one of his prints for you. Our other fantasy artist works will also be on display and include; Roger Dean, Rainer Kalwit, Ruth Lacon, Joe Gilronan, Tim Kirk and Ted Nasmith.

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The Rodney Matthews Experience
Following our hugely successful Festival in the Shire event in September world renowned fantasy and record cover artist Rodney Matthews will be returning in November to showcase his amazing art and giving talks - The event not to be missed!

Rodney will give a free talk about his art on Tuesday 12th at 6:30pm and again on Saturday 16th at 6:30pm at the Artist Gallery. Come along and have Rodney sign one of his prints for you.

The show will also be visiting local schools with an art competiton open to all the students in the classes that Rodney Matthews has talked to. A selection will be chosen and put on exhibition at the gallery over the weekend. Signed and personalised copies of Rodneys posters will be given to first, second and third place. For more information or to get your school included please contact


Original Artwork for Sale

Mark Faith at Festival Art and Books would be pleased to give information to prospective purchasers of Rodney Matthews original artwork. Previously the exclusive authorized agent for Rodney's J.R.R. Tolkien related original artworks, the range has now been extended to include a varied selection of original colour art and pencil drawings to suit various tastes and budgets (

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