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J.R.R. Tolkien

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.

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  1. 132021
    First edition with Tolkien's contribution, first impression. Clark Hall's translation of Beowulf was first published in 1911; in 1936 Tolkien (who was professor of Old English at Oxford University) was asked to revise the text, but turned it down, agreeing instead to contribute an introduction. Tolkien's introduction ("Prefatory... Learn More
    £1,000

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  2. 124427
    First edition, first impression, of this very scarce work. This collection of essays was intended to be presented to Charles Williams, editor at Oxford University Press and author on literature and theology, to mark his departure from Oxford (where the Oxford University Press had been based since 1939) to London. Unfortunately... Learn More
    £1,250

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  3. 91617
    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... Learn More
    £12,500

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  4. 117775
    First editions, first impressions. 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... Learn More
    £6,750

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  5. 72787
    First editions, first impressions. 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... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 72787

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