Lot 405
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Tolkien, J.R.R.

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  • Tolkien, J.R.R.
  • [The Hobbit]. [Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1965]
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


Rev. Francis Hugh Maycock (1903-1980)


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.