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Tree and Leaf is a small book published in 1964, containing two works by J. R. R. Tolkien: a revised version of an essay called "On Fairy-Stories" (originally published in 1947 in Essays Presented to Charles Williams) an allegorical short story called "Leaf by Niggle" (originally published in the Dublin Review in 1945). The book was originally illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Mythopoeia was added to the 1988 edition.

Tree and Leaf: Including the Poem Mythopoeia

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Hardcover. 0395502322 Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Thank you for supporting our small, family-owned business! . New.



Tree And Leaf

Tolkien, J. R. R.

London: George Allen And Unwin, 1964. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 92 Pp + Catalog At End. Green Cloth, Gilt. First Printing. Fine In Fine Dj, Not Price Clipped, Minute Loss At Top Of Two Flap Folds, No Foxing, Bright And Clean, Hint Of Fading To Spine Panel.


  • Seller: Arroyo Seco Books
  • Published: 1964
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: 1st Edition 1st Printing


Tree And Leaf - 1st Edition/1st Printing

Tolkien, J. R. R.

London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd.. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1964. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. An attractive first impression of the first edition in near fine condition in dust-wrapper, little foxing to page edges and dust-wrapper. Published simultaneously with the paperback edition on May 28, 1964; In his essay On Fairy-Stories, Tolkien discusses the nature of fairy-tales and fantasy and saves the genre from those who would otherwise relegate it to juvenilia. This is aptly and elegantly illustrated in the short story, Leaf by Niggle, which tells the story of the artist Niggle, who has 'a long journey' to make and is seen as an allegory of Tolkien 's life .


  • Seller: Books Tell You Why
  • Published: 1964
  • Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket
  • Edition: First Edition; First Printing


Tree and Leaf.

J.R.R.TOLKIEN

George Allen & Unwin, London, 1964. First Edition, first printing. 8vo. 92pp + [iv] publisher's advertisements. Green boards lettered in gold at spine. A tiny hint of fading and marking to publisher's top edge stain, else a fine copy in non-clipped (10s 6d net) dust wrapper, tanned at spine panel and with a little uneven discolouration to front and rear panels and a single tiny miscellaneous blemish . An essay, 'On Fairy Stories', followed by the fairy story 'Leaf by Niggle'.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.


  • Seller: Clearwater Books
  • Published: 1964
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Edition: 1st Edition


Tree and Leaf.

TOLKIEN, J. R. R.

London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd,, 1964. Octavo. Original green boards, spine lettered in gilt, top edge green. With the dust jacket. Extremities a little rubbed, otherwise a very good copy indeed in the slightly chipped jacket, spine panel and edges of panels toned, 28 mm closed tear to top of rear panel. First edition with a dust jacket, first impression, of the author's essay on fairy tales, and particularly those of Andrew Lang, based upon a lecture by Tolkien at the University of St Andrews on 8 March 1938 and originally adapted for publication in Essays Presented to Charles Williams (1947). It is found here in its final revised state alongside the short story "Leaf by Niggle".



Tree and Leaf.

Tolkien, J. R. R.

London.: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1964. 92pp, 4pp publisher's adverts. Green board covers are clean & bright. DW is not price clipped, is lightly spotted on the edges, spine a little sunned. Internally, fore-edge of the pages is lightly spotted, otherwise unmarked. An essay, On Fairy Stories, followed by the fairy story Leaf by Niggle.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+/Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.



Tree and Leaf

J. R. R. Tolkien

2007-01-06. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!


Tree and Leaf - J.R.R. Tolkien - First American Edition

J.R.R. Tolkien

New York: Houghton Mifflin & Company, 1965, 1965-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. First Printing, First Edition. Name and date (March 1965) on front end page, otherwise clean and unmarked inside and out.


TREE AND LEAF

Tolkien, J.R.R. [John Ronald Reuel]

London: George Allen & Unwin, (1964).. Small 8vo., pp. 92, [4, pub ads], dark green cloth, spine gilt lettered, green topstain, dust jacket. Bookstore sticker to rear pastedown, a touch of spotting to topstain, otherwise a near fine copy. Delicate dust jacket has small chips at head and foot of spine, a few short edge tears (tape shadow on one), some tanning to spine and flap folds, price clipped, else near very good. An essay ("On Fariy-stories") and a short story ("Leaf by Niggle").. First Edition. Hardcover.


Tree and Leaf

J. R. R. Tolkien

Allen & Unwin, 1964-12-01. Hardcover. Used:Good.


Tree and Leaf

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Allen & Unwin. Hardcover. 0048240133 New Condition. . New.


Tree and Leaf

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Allen & Unwin. Hardcover. 0048240133 Like New Condition. . Fine.


Tree and Leaf

Tolkien, J. R. R

Houghton Mifflin. Collectible - Very Good. Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1965. Stated 1st American edition. Hardcover 8vo 112 pgs. Very good in a near very good dust jacket. Slight spine slant. Slight wear to corners and spine ends. Contents clean and binding sound. Jacket is lightly edgeworn and has a 1 inch piece missing at top edge of front panel next to spine. 4.00 orig price to flap. Inquire if you need further information.



Tree and Leaf

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Boston: Houghtom Mifflin Company. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1965. First American Edition. Second Printing. Hard Cover. First American Edition (stated), Second Printing (stated). Publisher's full blue/green cloth, gilt lettering on spine and cover, top edge orange, blue/green endpapers. Originally published by George Allen and Unwin in 1964, Tree and Leaf is a small book containing two works by J. R. R. Tolkien: A revised version of an essay called "On Fairy-Stories" (originally published in 1947 in Essays Presented to Charles Williams), and an allegorical short story called "Leaf by Niggle" (originally published in the Dublin Review in 1945). Tree and Leaf was the first publication in which On Fairy-Stories and Leaf by Niggle became readily available to the general public. . Small signature on rfep, otherwise unmarked, tight, square and clean. The unclipped dust jacket, now in Mylar, is is very lightly worn, else fine. NEAR FINE/NEAR FINE. . 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 112 pp .


  • Seller: Round Table Books, LLC
  • Published: 1965
  • Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
  • Edition: First American Edition. Second Printing

Tree and Leaf

J. R. R. Tolkien

Houghton Mifflin, 1965-10-01. Hardcover. Used:Good.


Tree and Leaf

TOLKIEN, J. R. R.

George Allen & Unwin 1964. First edition, small octavo, green boards with gilt lettering to spine, upper page edges stained green, 92pp + 4pp book adverts, VG (foxing to page edges, bookshop stamp to front pastedown, light tanning) in d/w, VG- (moderate foxing & tanning, browning to spine, several small nicks to spine extrems & upper edge, price clipped, foxing to inside)




TREE AND LEAF.

TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

Boston: Riverside Press/Houghton Mifflin, 1965. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Hardcover. 1st printing of 1st American hardcover edition. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket in protective mylar. Book and jacket are clean and tight, no marks or tears. No edgewear, but rear panel has light yellowing around the edges. Price intact. Previous owner’s name embossed on front end paper.


  • Seller: Horizon Books
  • Published: 1965
  • Condition: Very good
  • Edition: First Edition

Tree and Leaf

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Houghton Mifflin. Hardcover. 0395082536 New Condition. . New.


Tree and Leaf

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Houghton Mifflin. Hardcover. 0395082536 Like New Condition. . Fine.


Tree and Leaf: Including the Poem Mythopoeia

J. R. R. Tolkien

1988-08-09. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!



Tree and Leaf

J. R. R. Tolkien

1991-12-12. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!


Tree and Leaf

Tolkien, J. R. R

This is the hardcover stated Houghton Edition from 1965. Other than a back cardholder flyleaf (ex lib) and back flyleaf to spine could use reinforcement (fully intact!), both the mylar-covered DJ and the book are in excellent condition. There are no rips, tears, etc. and the pages and binding are tight. This wonderful, impossible-to-find item is available for purchase now! **Note: All books listed as FIRST EDITIONS are stated by the publisher in words or number lines--or--only stated editions that include only the publisher and publication date. NAME YOUR PRICE!!! Due to the vagaries of market fluctuations, an item's listed price should be considered a guideline. Serious buyers are welcome to make a on each and every item listed, with the assurance that ALL reasonable offers will be accepted!!Very Good


Tree and Leaf

J. R. R. Tolkien

1979-03-12. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!


Tree and Leaf: Including the Poem Mythopoeia

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Hardcover. 0395502322 Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Thank you for supporting our small, family-owned business! . Fair.


Tree and Leaf

J. R. R. Tolkien

Allen & Unwin, 1964-12. Hardcover. Good.


Tree and Leaf

J. R. R. Tolkien

2004-07-05. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!



Tree And Leaf

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965. Second printing of the first American edition. Neat former owners bookplate on free endpaper else fine in VG+ dust jacket. Small line of writing on rear panel of dj else clean and bright. Tiny closed edge tear and tiny chip to dj edge. Removable form fitting clear plastic cover on dj. . Second Printing. Hard Cover Cloth. Fine/Very Good +.


Tree and Leaf

J. R. R. Tolkien

Houghton Mifflin, 1965-10. Hardcover. Good.

Beauty, Eucatastrophe, and the Doctrine of Grace in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Leaf By Niggle

In September 1944, J. R. R. Tolkien received a request from The Dublin Review for a story that would be “an effective expression of Catholic humani­ty.” In response, he sent Leaf By Niggle, a short story he had written a year or two earlier. “[Th]at story,” Tolkien said, “was the only thing I have ever done which cost me absolutely no pains at all. Usually I compose only with great difficulty and endless rewriting. I woke up one morning with that odd thing virtually complete in my head. It took only a few hours to get down, and then copy it out. I am not aware of ever ‘thinking’ of the story or composing it in the ordinary sense.” (Letter to Stanley Unwin, circa 18 March 1945).

Its publication, in January of the following year, went almost unnoticed. Today, relatively few are aware of its existence, and fewer still have actually read it. This is extremely unfortunate, for in this story Tolkien brings together his sense of art and theol­ogy with a beauty and economy found nowhere else in his writing. Less than 7500 words from beginning to end, Leaf By Niggle exemplifies Tolkien’s ideas of subcreation and eucatas­trophe as explained in his essay “On Fairy-Stories.” (Tolkien arranged with his publisher Allen & Unwin to have the story and the essay printed together in one volume in 1964 and suggested the title Tree and Leaf.) In brief, subcreation refers to the art of creating another world with such a degree of “inner con­sistency of reality” that it creates in the reader the kind of belief we give to the real world. This creative impulse, Tolkien believed, was the mark of the image of God in humanity. “I tried to show alle­gorically how that might come to be taken up into Creation in some plane in my ‘purgatorial’ story Leaf By Niggle . . . to make visible and physical the effects of Sin or misused Free Will by men.”

Eucatastrophe is a moment of deep and abiding grace, or “gift” as the character Niggle calls it. It is the “good catastro­phe,” and in its fairy-tale setting, says Tolkien, it is “a sudden and miraculous grace” that in the midst of much sorrow and failure denies “universal final defeat.” As such, it provides an example of evangelium, that is, “a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.” By referring to this “fleeting glimpse of Joy” as evangelium (the Latin word for gospel), Tolkien would have us understand that the true significance of eucatastrophe is ultimately not to be found in its fairy-tale setting but in our world. In the epilogue of “On Fairy-Stories,” Tolkien shared his belief that this idea was at the heart of the Christian gospel:

I would venture to say that approaching the Christian Story from this direction, it has long been my feeling . . . that God redeemed the corrupt making-creatures, men, in a way fitting to this aspect . . . The Gospels contain a fairy-story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories. They contain many marvels—peculiarly artistic, beautiful, and moving: “mythical” in their perfect, self-contained signifi­cance; and among the marvels is the greatest and most complete conceivable eucatastrophe. But this story has entered History and the primary world; the desire and aspiration of sub-cre­ation has been raised to the fulfillment of Creation. The birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man’s history. The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation. This story begins and ends in joy.

Niggle is a paint­er—not a very successful one, the story tells us—who has a long journey to make. Niggle makes no preparations for it, and when the time comes for him to go, he is bustled off in a carriage to a train without a thing for the journey and without ever having finished his painting. What happens next I leave you to discover. But I will say that the journey leads from sorrow and failure to joy and to a redemption that involves far more than Niggle alone—and it is all “gift.” Oh, and I ought to add that Tolkien presents us with two endings: one from the world Niggle leaves behind and the other from the world to which he is taken. And the difference between the two endings also has much to do with theology and the arts.

*You can find “Leaf by Niggle” in the new col­lection of Tolkien’s stories, Tales From The Perilous Realm, pub­lished by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2008.

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