Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills
9478 West Olympic Blvd., 1st Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Auction Dates:September 13-14, 2011
Lot Viewing:September 11-13, 2011 Beverly Hills, CA
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Lot 37138: J. R. R. Tolkien. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. London: George Allen & Unwin, . First edition, second impression. Octavo. 310 pages. With illustrations by the author. Publisher's green cloth with black designs and lettering. Map endpapers. Publisher's green stain to top edge. Binding slightly cocked, rear board bowed. Some foxing to cloth, with occasional puckering. Top stain mottled; foxing to fore-edge and bottom edge. A few leaves with thin brown stain to bottom edge, with minimal intrusion onto pages. Some pages with mild foxing and with shallow bends; one leaf wrinkled. Inconspicuous British bookstore sticker to front pastedown. Original dust jacket is price-clipped, with "Second Impression" at bottom of front flap. Jacket has a few chips, particularly to the base of the spine, a few short tears, some mild foxing, and moisture waves to front panel. An about very good copy.
The first impression to contain Tolkien's color illustrations. 2,300 copies of the second impression were printed, 423 of which were destroyed in the bombing of London in 1940. Estimate: $5,000 - up.
Sold for: $5,676.25 including buyers premium
Also a 1946 Hobbit (thanks garm)
J. R. R. Tolkien. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. London: George Allen & Unwin, . Fourth impression. Green cloth over boards. Black lettering and designs to boards and spine. Map endpapers. The price-clipped dust jacket with four shallow closed tears is otherwise bright and fresh. Overall, a near fine copy of this classic. From the Jerry Weist Collection.
Estimate: $300 - $400.
Sold for: $1,792.50 including buyers premium
Auction Dates:September 12, 2011