Welcome to Peter Harrington Books

TOLKIEN, J. R. R.

Rare books by J. R. R. Tolkien, including first editions and signed copies of The Hobbit or There and Back Again and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973) was a leading philologist, translator, and fantasy author best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. As a schoolboy he excelled in languages and in 1911 he received a scholarship to Oxford, where he specialized in Norse, Anglo-Saxon, Old and Middle English, and other Germanic languages.

11 Item(s)

List Grid

Set Descending Direction
  1. The Hobbit or There and Back Again.

    The Hobbit or There and Back Again.

    Housed in a custom box within an elaborate brown morocco-backed slipcase, with gilt lettering and leather onlays to the spine
    First edition, first impression, first issue jacket with the hand-correction to "Dodgeson" on the rear inside flap. The first edition was published on 21 September 1937 and the first impression of 1,500 copies was sold out by December. Learn More
    £35,000

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 93967

    Reserve

  2. The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    or There and Back Again.
    First edition, first impression. A beautifully bound copy of this children's classic. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 92214

    Reserve

  3. The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    or There and Back Again.
    First edition, first impression, 1,500 copies published. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115489

    Reserve

  4. [The Lord of the Rings:]

    [The Lord of the Rings:]

    The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King.
    First editions, first impressions, the Return of the King in first state with unbroken type and no signature mark (previously identified by Hammond as the second state), in the second state dust jacket with reviews added to the rear panel. This is one of a possible 3,000 sets in first impression throughout, though in practice this is a work that was often read to pieces, with the dust jackets a particularly rare survival. Learn More
    £30,000

    Date of Publication: 1954

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106294

    Reserve

  5. [The Lord of the Rings trilogy:]

    [The Lord of the Rings trilogy:]

    The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King.
    First editions, first impressions, the Lord of the Rings in first state with signature mark "4" present on p. 49. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable and perceptive reviews from C. S. Lewis and from W. H. Auden, who had attended Tolkien's Oxford lectures, were countered by others who were hostile, sometimes bitterly so. Learn More
    £9,750

    Date of Publication: 1954

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110197

    Reserve

  6. [The Lord of the Rings trilogy:]

    [The Lord of the Rings trilogy:]

    The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King.
    First editions, first impressions, the Return of the King in third state with the signature mark "4" and the sagging line of type on p. 49 (previously identified by Hammond as first state). The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable and perceptive reviews from C. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1954

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 91617

    Reserve

  7. The Lord of the Rings.

    The Lord of the Rings.

    First one-volume edition. The Lord of the Rings was always intended as a single-volume work, though it was originally published in three volumes in 1954 and 1955, in part due to post-war paper shortages. This edition, originally issued as a paperback, has Tolkien's definitive text, from the second edition of 1966, published in one volume for the first time. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1968

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110550

    Reserve

  8. Bilbo le Hobbit.

    Bilbo le Hobbit.

    First edition in French, first printing. It was first published in the UK in 1937. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112616

    Reserve

  9. 116426

    Mr. Bliss.

    First edition, first impression of the facsimile of Tolkien's original manuscript of the tale of Mr. Bliss and his new car. For reading clarity, the text is printed on the opposite pages to the reproductions of the manuscript, featuring Tolkien's hand coloured illustrations. The story was originally devised to amuse his children in the summer of 1928. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1982

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116426

    Reserve

  10. The History of Middle Earth:

    The History of Middle Earth:

    The Book of Lost Tales; The Lays of Beleriand; The Shaping of Middle-Earth; The Return of the Shadow; The Treason of Isaengard; The War of the Ring; Sauron Defeated; The Lost Road and Other Writings; Morgoth's Ring; The War of the Jewels; The Peoples of Middle-Earth.
    First editions, first impressions; the complete set of this first publication of Tolkien's entire History of Middle Earth, in which tales, songs, poems, maps, illustrations, genealogical tables, and even linguistic primers for Tolkien's languages, give the fullest picture available of one of the most thoroughgoingly imagined worlds ever created in the history of fantasy literature. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1983

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 86258

    Reserve

  11. The History of Middle-Earth.

    The History of Middle-Earth.

    An excellent set of mixed editions: volumes 8-12 first editions, first printings; volumes 1-7 the Harper Collins reprint. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1991

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 96791

    Reserve

11 Item(s)

List Grid

Set Descending Direction