New York: Ballantine Books. Illustrated by Ian Miller, Michael Foreman, Allan Curless, Lidia Postma, John Blanche, Pauline Martin, Sue Porter, Linda Garland, Victor Ambrus, John Davis, and Jaroslav Bradac. 0345282833. First edition. 287 pp. 4to. Beige cloth. Spine stamped in black. Very good to Fine condition. A tight, clean copy. / Dust jacket has a 1/4" chip at the top of the spine, a little wear at bottom of spine and two 1/8" closed tears at the bottom edge. Beige paper shows a trace of soil. Item #204
A scholarly, definitive and enchantingly beautiful explanation of all the imaginary beasts, monsters, races, nations, deities, fauna and flora of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy worlds of Middle'earth and the Undying Lands. David Day has identified, analyzed 129 separate races. Each is lucidly explained in terms of its physical appearance, language, beharior and culture. A Tolkien Bestiary does not retell their stories: its purpose is to make Tolkien's own books more accessible by identifying his living creatures and explaining their roles in his epic world. This book also includes a newly conceived map, a chronology of all the ages, a general index and a special index referring readers back to Tolkien's original works for the stories of the races described in the Bestiary. Spectacular in itself, the value of A Tolkien Bestiary lies in its ability to assist in opening up Tolkien's magical world through impeccably researched explanations and haunting, atmospheric illustrations of a rare brilliance. Filled with 142 illustrations, many in black and white, some in color. The color illustrations are arranged in four groups, each reflecting a major phase in the history of the Undying Lands and Middle-earth. The first two groups illustrate events described by J.R>R. Tolkien in "The Silmarillion," the third illustrates episodes from "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" and the fourth the latter part of "The Lord of the Rings."