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Re: What do people think of this item

Subject: Re: What do people think of this item
by Trotter on 2010/7/29 21:25:11

A copy of the Houghton Mifflin Hobbit, described as with Tolkien's signature in the bottom margin of the frontispiece plate, is to be offered by PBA Galleries of San Francisco on August 5th. The online catalogue page is here. The date is said to be '[1960]', but as the list of works includes The Adventures of Tom Bombadil it can't be earlier than 1963. The dust-jacket is labeled the fourteenth impression, which also points to 1963. The web images enlarge only so far, but enough to see that the 'J.R.R. Tolkien' signature is in blue ink and has certain questionable characteristics of script. The house estimate is $5,000-8,000. Wayne & Christina

It certainly is questionable especially when you see who it was bought from on eBay.

For sale is a first US edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. This copy dates to the 1950 and is the 14th printing. It has its original dust jack which apart from some minor chips is in pretty good shale. There is an ownership inscription on the inside flyleaf but other than that is devoid of internal markings. The picture at the beginning of the book is signed 'J.R.R. Tolkien' with fountain pen. This page appears to have been inserted and was perhaps sent to Tolkien to be signed. There is no provenance with this item and as I am not a dealer there is no certificate of authenticity issued. I am starting this item at a low reserve and will allow the bidding to dictate the value of the book. Postage within Canada by insured mail is $20.00 Shipping by insured trackable airmail $25.00 to the US.. Other destinations will be charged postage at cost. Payment due within 3 days of sale. Payment by Paypal only. All sales final. No returns.

Please see my other items listed for sale including a 1932 limited first edition of Brave New World signed by Aldous Huxley and other signed items.


EDIT: PBA Galleries have withdrawn the item from the current auction.
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