Last year, I posted on the surprise discovery of a previously unknown annotated map of Middle Earth that J.R.R. Tolkien had created while working on the 1970 reissue edition of The Lord of the Rings (Allen & Unwin). The map had been hidden away for forty-five years in an unrelated novel owned by Pauline Bayes, who illustrated the 1970 edition of LOTR for Tolkien.
Last week, it was announced that the Bodleian Library at Oxford University had purchased the map with grant funds to prevent it disappearing into a private collection. Now we can all enjoy it.