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Huge Tolkien Art Index update

Incredibly, the Tolkien Art Index is now a little over two years old; my last update to it was late last summer, with many new pieces of artwork reproduced in the two new Bodleian Library books accompanying their exhibition, Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth.

Today, there’s only one new item — a belated entry (TAI #552) for the Allen & Unwin printed map of Middle-earth from 1954, annotated by Tolkien and Pauline Baynes as background for Baynes’s production of her 1969 poster map, discovered by Blackwell’s in 2015.

But more than 120 entries now include publication information for the Bibliothèque nationale de Frances newly-opened Tolkien: Voyage en Terre du Milieu exhibition and its exhibition catalogue Ama​zon​.co​.uk link. I understand that there is also a small-format book of reproductions, currently available only at the BnF gift shop; I’ll add this data as soon as practical. [See TAI listing for Tolkien: Voyage.]

In addition, I’ve added three publication entries for already-listed pieces of artwork reproduced in Jerry Brotton & Nick Millea’s Fifty Maps and the Stories They Tell at Blackwell’s], a small companion publication for the Bodleian Library’s current Talking Maps exhibition. See TAI #49, TAI #130, and TAI #257. Those same three items and one more (TAI #128) are also reproduced in the exhibition catalogue for the exhibit, also called Talking Maps [at Blackwell’s]. TAI #128 and TAI #130 in particular are better quality reproductions than ever before available; they’ve only been reproduced previously in The Shaping of Middle-earth [at Blackwell’s]. [See TAI listings for Fifty Maps and Talking Maps.]

For a final addition, I’ve added new publication lines for TAI #1 and TAI #14, both of which were reproduced in last year’s excellent The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands [at Blackwell’s]. [See TAI listing for Writer’s Map.]

I’ve also made a beginning at implementing Jason Fisher’s excellent suggestion that each source book’s page include bibliographic information. There’s still some work to do on this front (there are more than 60 sources!), but it’s a good start.