The Lord of the Rings Illustrated Edition
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1937 1st/1st Hobbit Auction 7th October

11 hours ago - By Trotter

Lot 46 Duke's Auction


TOLKEIN(sic), J.R.R. 'The Hobbit, or There and Back Again' 1st ed., 1st impression, pub. Allen & Unwin, 1937, ten uncoloured illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien, advertisement at rear, map endpapers printed in red and black, original green cloth, covers and spine with wraparound dark blue illustration of mountains, moon and sun at top, upper cover with Smaug illustration looking left, original first impression dust-jacket with 'Dodgeson' (better known as Lewis Carroll) manual correction on lower flap

Estimate £15,000-£25,000
Low estimate. ... f/autumn-fine-art-lot-46/
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John Howe centenary hardback box-set 12-13th October

Sep 21 - By Trotter

Lot 647 Special Auction Services 12th-13th October 2021

J.R.R. Tolkein(sic), three volumes of Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, together with three Harry Potter books, The Prisoner of Azkaban, Half Blood Prince and Order of the Phoenix, plus other childrens books (parcel)

Estimate £50-£80 ... ba-4273-95d8-ada601052ca4

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Three Auctions

Sep 18 - By Trotter

26th September

Lot 154 - Sworders Timed Auction

TOLKIEN, J R R: The Lord of the Rings, Three volumes. George Allen and Unwin, first editions, 12th. 8th. And 9th. Impressions, 1962, 1961, & 1962. All three volumes with dust jackets. The dust jackets are a little rubbed and the spines faded; otherwise a clean set. (3)

Estimate £300-£600
Current Bid £440 ... utm_content=lot-view-link

30th September

Lot 4063 - TW Gaze
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J.R.R. Tolkien, 2 titles: 'The Hobbit', London George Allen & Unwin, 1976, 1st deluxe edition, 1st impression, 13 coloured plates and map end papers as called for, original black pictorial cloth gilt, depicting Smaug to front cover in gilt, silver and red, original glassine protective wrapping (worn) original box with printed paper label, 'The Lord of the Rings', George Allen & Unwin, 1978, deluxe edition, 6th impression, two folding maps as called for, original black pictorial cloth decorated gilt, silver and green, original glassine wrapper, original box with printed paper label (2)

Estimate £100-£200 ... utm_content=lot-view-link

Lot 4064 - TW Gaze
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J.R.R. Tolkien, nine titles: 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - The Two Towers - The Return of the King', London, George Allen & Unwin, 1961, 10th impression, 1960, 7th impression, 1960, 6th impression, 3 volumes, 3 folding maps as called for, original cloth gilt, vols 2 & 3 in dust wrappers, 'The Hobbit', London, George Allen & Unwin, 1961, 12th impression, coloured frontis, map end papers, original pictorial cloth, dust wrapper (worn, closed tears around head of spine), 'The Silmarillion', 1977, 1st edition in dust wrapper, 'Unfinished Tales', 1980, 1st edition in dust wrapper, 'The History of Middle-Earth', pts II & III, 'Tom Bombadil', 1962 1st in wrapper, plus 2 others (11)

Estimate £150-£200 ... utm_content=lot-view-link

1st October

Lot 272 - W&H Peacock

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Tolkien J.R.R. The History of Middle Earth. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. George Allen/Harper Collins. 1991-1996. 8vo Hbs + Djs. 12 volumes. Vols. 2, 5 - 12 are first editions.

Small hole in the base of the dust jacket spine ( only ) of vol. 7; small ownership labels in TRC of some feps. Otherwise a VG/VG set.

Estimate £250-£350 ... utm_content=lot-view-link
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The Exceptional Literature Collection of Theodore B. Baum: Part Two

Sep 15 - By Trotter

Lot 385

TOLKIEN, J.R.R (1892-1973). The Hobbit. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1937.

First edition, first impression of what was "the world's best-selling single work of fiction" (J.R.R. Tolkien, Life and Legend, p.45), until Harry Potter. “In this Tolkien invented an entirely new mythological race of 'hobbits' who, like their representative Bilbo Baggins, are solid, respectable, anachronistically English, and, as appears when Bilbo is sent off by the wizard Gandalf to help recover the lost treasure of the dwarves from the dragon Smaug, capable of unsuspected resource. The Hobbit began as an amusement for the Tolkien children, and reached print rather unexpectedly, a typescript of it having been shown to Stanley Unwin by a former pupil of Tolkien's. Once published, however, it was an equally unexpected success” (ODNB). This is the first state of the jacket, with the "e" in Dodgeson lined-through by hand on the lower flap. Currey 476; Hammond A3a.

Octavo. Original pictorial cloth, map endpapers; pictorial dust jacket, both after the drawings of the author (mild sunning to cloth; jacket restored at edges and folds with two small areas of the spine panel in facsimile, front flap with lower corner replaced where price-clipped); custom quarter morocco clamshell box.

Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.

Auction closes on the 17th September 10AM (EDT)
Estimate USD 20,000-USD 40,000
Sold for USD 68,750 ... oN-zmQcNtUtZTRQRElYbU9OY0

Serious issues with the dust-jacket restoration have been pointed out

Lot 386

TOLKIEN, J.R.R (1892-1973). The Fellowship of the Ring. London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. [With:] – The Two Towers. London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. [And:] – The Return of the King. London: Allen & Unwin, 1955.

First edition of the greatest fantasy trilogy of the modern era. C.S. Lewis wrote of it: “no imaginary world has been projected which is at once as multifarious and so true to its own inner laws; none so seemingly objective, so disinfected from the taint of an author’s merely individual psychology; none so relevant to the actual human situation yet so free from allegory.” Tolkien, a noted scholar of Old English, conceived the idea for his tales set in “Middle Earth” while in the trenches of the First World War; its immense influence has been felt ever since. This copy is the second state of Return of the King, with the signature mark “4” present on page 49 and lines of type sagging in the middle. Hammond and Anderson A5.a.i-iii.

Three volumes, octavo. 3 folding maps after Christopher Tolkien, printed in red and black. (Minor foxing to text block and offsetting to endpapers.) Original red cloth (vol. 2 with faint soiling to front cover); pictorial dust jackets printed in red, black, and gold (spine panels a little toned, a touch of soiling along folds). Provenance: B.D. Tarr (ownership inscription to vol. 1) – Foyles’s London (bookseller ticket to endpaper).

Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.

Auction closes on the 17th September 10AM (EDT)
Estimate USD 12,000-USD 18,000
Sold for USD 37,500 ... ellowship-ring-386/126689
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British Bespoke Auctions 21st September 2021

Sep 8 - By Trotter

Lot 202

Three limited edition Lord of the Rings prints signed in pencil by Roger Garland (1950-2017), framed and glazed. Roger Garland is known for having illustrated covers for the Lord of the Rings books by J R R Tolkien.

Estimate £40-£60
Sold for £80 ... f5-44a9-8619-ad9c01126629

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