I'm asking this question (this will sound silly) on behalf of my mom. She has a book, which I borrowed and am looking at right now, titled "Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien." It's a fairly large hardcover book, in a cardboard sleeve, and on the cover simply has his stylized initials. It's copyright 1979 and she bought it new. It's got a forward and notes by Christopher Tolkien, and it's "all the pictures (paintings, drawings, designs) by J.R.R Tolkien which were published in a series of six Calendars from 1973 to 1979, with a gap in 1975" (from the foreword). Neither of us, or anyone else we've talked to, has ever seen another copy of it...we don't know if it was ever re-released. She doesn't want to part with it (and was somewhat reluctant even to loan it to me), but she's curious if anyone else has heard of it. Is it a real collector's item, or are there scads of them out there? Anyone know anything about it? It's a really beautiful book.