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Lot 405
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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Estimate
4,000 - 6,000 GBP
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8,125 GBP
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Description

  • Tolkien, J.R.R.
  • [The Hobbit]. [Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1965]
  • PAPER
8vo, first Japanese translation by Teiji Seta, presentation copy inscribed by the author ("With best wishes | to Fr Hugh Maycock | and Pusey House | Dec. 14. 1966") on reverse of endpaper and additionally signed "J.R.R. Tolkien" on title-page, numerous illustrations by Ryuichi Terashima, pictorial end-papers in red and black by the author, original pictorial boards, original pictorial slipcase, head of spine slightly bumped, slipcase worn with soiling and loss

Provenance

Rev. Francis Hugh Maycock (1903-1980)

Literature

Hammond and Anderson G - Japanese - item 1 (see also p. 388 for a reference to Tolkien's presentation inscription in a copy of the Japanese translation of The Hobbit)

Catalogue Note

Inscribed copies of The Hobbit are uncommon and this signed copy of the Japanese translation is a witness to the gradual and sustained popularity of Tolkien throughout the world.

Loosely inserted is a short autograph note by Tolkien, signed with initials ("JRRT"), addressed to Fr Hugh [Maycock] dated 14 December 1966 apologising for a delay "in performing my promise" and now sending "a copy of the Japanese 'Hobbit' with best wishes including Christmas blessings".

Opened in 1884, Pusey House is a religious institution in Oxford and known as a "House of Piety and Learning". Rev. Francis Hugh Maycock (1903-1980) was Principal from 1952 until 1970.

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