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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.

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  1. The Elder or Poetic Edda,
    (TOLKIEN, J. R. R.) BRAY, Olive (ed. and trans.) The Elder or Poetic Edda,

    London : 1908

    First edition, first impression, of this uncommon English translation that influenced J. R. R. Tolkien, this copy with a nice literary association: from the library of Gladys Huntington (18871959), author of the anonymously-published novel Madame Solario (1956), with her bookplate and ownership inscription, dated 19 May 1917, to the front endpaper.... Learn More
    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 142356

  2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R., & E. V. Gordon, eds. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

    Oxford : 1925

    First edition, first impression. A scholarly edition of the Middle English alliterative romance, the text is reproduced from the original 14th-century manuscript (now held at the British Library) with copious notes, details and glossaries by Tolkien and Gordon, which "opened new fields of study and which remained standard, in revised form, throughout... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 138787

  3. 141977
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R. The Hobbit or There and Back Again.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue jacket with the hand-correction to "Dodgeson" on the rear inside flap. This copy survives with a vividly coloured jacket entirely free from restoration.
    At the start of 1936 The Hobbit existed only in the form of an incomplete typescript, with the story breaking off at the death of Smaug,... Learn More
    £57,500.00

    Stock Code: 141977

  4. [The Lord of the Rings:]
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R. [The Lord of the Rings:]

    London : 1954-5

    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... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 132466

  5. The Lord of the Rings.
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings.

    London : 1966

    Second edition, first impression. This was the final and definitive text of Lord of the Rings, revised and corrected by Tolkien from the first edition, published 1954-55. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140700

  6. The Lord of the Rings.
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings.

    London : 1966

    Second edition, first impression. This was the final and definitive text of Lord of the Rings, revised and corrected by Tolkien from the first edition, published 1954-55. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 138777

  7. The Hobbit, or there and back again.
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R. The Hobbit, or there and back again.

    London : 1997

    First edition illustrated by Alan Lee, first impression, signed by the illustrator on the title page and additionally inscribed "to Lukas, with best wishes, Alan Lee" on the front free endpaper with a large original pencil sketch of Gandalf. Lee's illustrations for Tolkien's Middle Earth epics first appeared in the 1991 edition of The Lord of the Rings.... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 139294

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