Tolkien, J.R.R. | First edition, handsomely bound
Tolkien, J.R.R. | First edition, handsomely bound

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Tolkien, J.R.R. | First edition, handsomely bound
Tolkien, J.R.R. | First edition, handsomely bound
Tolkien, J.R.R. | First edition, handsomely bound
Tolkien, J.R.R. | First edition, handsomely bound
Tolkien, J.R.R. | First edition, handsomely bound
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Tolkien, J.R.R. | First edition, handsomely bound

Estimate:

5,000 - 7,000 USD

Tolkien, J.R.R. | First edition, handsomely bound

Tolkien, J.R.R. | First edition, handsomely bound

Estimate:

5,000 - 7,000 USD

Lot sold:

16,380

USD

Description

Tolkien, J.R.R. 

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., [1937]


8vo (187 x 130 mm). Frontispiece, 8 plates and one vignette by Tolkien, advertisement leaf at end; . Full green morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, upper cover with gilt motif of Smaug the dragon in lower right corner, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, original cartographic endpapers bound in.


First edition, first printing of Tolkien's classic

 

Tolkien began writing The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, as a Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University. Tolkien's creative perspective was born from a childhood spent briefly in South Africa and then rural England, a short but wretched tour during World War I, and an avid fascination with German philology. Although it was originally billed as a children's book, The Hobbit attracted a varied audience and has been wildly popular since its initial publication. Tolkien built upon the tradition of fantasy literature developed by George MacDonald, Lewis Carroll, and the folk tales of Arabian Nights by inventing a new language—Elvish—and making it accessible for modern-day readers. Such creativity brought rave reviews for The Hobbit, which sold out of its original print run of 1,500 copies three months after publication.


REFERENCE

Currey 476; Hammond A3a

Condition report

Condition as described in catalogue entry.


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