A commemorative golden anniversary edition of Tolkien’s classic book, including a new introduction, a map, a copy of Tolkien’s unpublished short story which he expanded for publication, his notes for an aborted sequel, and the original first edition illustrations by Pauline Baynes.
Farmer Giles of Ham did not look like a hero. He was fat and red-bearded and enjoyed a slow, comfortable life.
Then one day a rather deaf and short-sighted giant blundered on to his land. More by luck than skill, Farmer Giles managed to scare him away. The people of the village cheered: Farmer Giles was a hero.
His reputation spread far and wide across the kingdom. So it was natural that when the dragon Chrysophylax visited the area it was Farmer Giles who was expected to do battle with it!
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This is the 50th anniversary edition of Tolkien's best-loved short fairy story, originally told to his children in the 1920s and expanded for publication in 1949. Bluff Farmer Giles lives in a land-of-fable England, full of giants and dragons. A reluctant hero like the Brave Little Tailor or Bilbo in The Hobbit, Giles wins a great reputation by firing his blunderbuss at a wandering giant--who retreats not in fear but to avoid this tiresome stinging "insect". One thing leads to another, and despite all his excuses the now famous Giles is called to save his country from the marauding dragon Chrysophylax. He has a legendary anti-dragon sword and a lot of luck, but dragons can be as devious as politicians... Tolkien crammed much sly wit into his little story, plus jokey philological explanations that Giles's amazing adventures are commemorated in Thames Valley placenames like Worminghall and Thame. It's illustrated with nearly 50 line drawings by Paula Baynes: Tolkien loved these, but some look sadly faded here, like fourth-generation photocopies. As a bonus, the anniversary edition includes an introduction telling the story's history, a transcription of the original, unfinished draft, and 23 pages of notes on allusions and names (Chrysophylax means "keeper of gold", which is indeed what dragons do). A pleasant gift book. -- David LangfordReview:
‘A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom’
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Book Description George Allen and Unwin / Houghton Mifflin, 1966. Book Condition: Fair. 1st Ed(AsSuch). N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Binding is slightly damaged and/or book has some loose pages. No missing pages. Bookseller Inventory # GRP89945263
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR007979059
Book Description Allen & Unwin, London, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. BAYNES, Pauline (illustrator). A very good hardcover book in laminated pictorial boards, covers having only minor shelf wear and small original price sticker to back board. Reset in new format 1976. First edition in this format. Bookseller Inventory # 011201
Book Description George Allen and Unwin / Houghton Mifflin. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0048231312 1966 reprint hardback with dustjacket. A little wear to edges, small stain to rear of DJ. Internally clean. Very good / very good - condition. Bookseller Inventory # A14A20014
Book Description Allen & Unwin, UK, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Pauline Baynes (illustrator). Reprint. Size: 8vo Octavo (8 to 9 inches). Some spotting to page edges, bit of rubbing and bumping to spine ends, old owner sticker to rear board. Illustrator: Pauline Baynes. ISBN: 0048231312. ISBN/EAN: 9780048231314. ** LIGHT BOOK under 500g- Contact us first for a postage quote. It will ALWAYS be less than the rate showing **. Bookseller Inventory # 9093
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, 1976. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. Baynes, Pauline (illustrator). eleventh inpression new format. Hard Cover. Bookseller Inventory # 126690
Book Description George Allen and Unwin / Houghton Mifflin, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! L. Bookseller Inventory # 0048231312D
Book Description George Allen and Unwin, 1949. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Very Good, lightly dust-soiled, corners bumped, pages a bit toned and with light foxing, in a Very Good dust jacket with price intact, with rubbing and light soiling, a bit of chipping (mainly to spine ends), edge wear and two 2-inch tear to the front panel, one neatly mended from the rear. A nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 160802002
Book Description George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1949. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Pauline Baynes (illustrator). 1st Edition. London: George Allen and Unwin. 1949. Farmer Giles of Ham. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo (200 x 130mm.), FIRST EDITION. Two colour plates and other illustrations by Pauline Baynes. A fine copy in fine pictorial dust jacket. Original decorated orange boards, front and spine panels stamped in light blue. Decorated end-papers. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near-Fine with "6s. net." price present, and occasional spotting and soiling. Light browning to end-papers. One of 4500 copies in trade binding. Fantasy tale set in England before the time of King Arthur. The story of Farmer Giles and his encounters with giants, talking dogs and a dragon. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 1038. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, p. 1727. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, p. 166. Hammond and Anderson A4a. Bookseller Inventory # 000148