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Rare Copy ‘The Hobbit’ Goes Under the Hammer

459438-1A rare copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary book The Hobbit is to be auctioned by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury on 11 April in their sale of Modern Literature. The press release says:

As the third and final part of Peter Jackson’s epic film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit reaches the final stages of production, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions offer Tolkien fans the world over the opportunity to buy a first edition of the original book, The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again (1937), at their sale of Modern Literature in London on Friday 11th April.
Published in September 1937 the book tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, and acts as a precursor to Tolkien’s famous The Lord of The Rings (1954-1955) trilogy. The continuing popularity of the book, and the recent adaptation to film, make copies of this work coveted collectors’ items, this copy is estimated to sell for £15,000 – 20,000. [Lot 139]

There is also a second copy of the book the sale [Lot 140] which, because it is a first edition, second impression, carries a smaller estimate of £4,500 – 5,500.

For further details of the books see Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions

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