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. Hompen
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R. Hompen

    Stockholm : 1947

    First edition in Swedish of The Hobbit, as well as the first translation of any Tolkien text. Tolkien was not consulted regarding the translation and, much to his irritation, Tore Zetterholm took some liberties: "elves" turned into "älvor", "Bilbo" became "Bimbo", and "hobbit" turned into "hompe". The latter, Tolkien found particularly aggravating.... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 140816

  2. Six letters signed to George Sayer.
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R. Six letters signed to George Sayer.

    Oxford : 1953-66

    Six letters signed from J. R. R. Tolkien to his close friend George Sayer, with whom he made the first recorded readings of The Lord of the Rings and who was key in giving Tolkien the confidence to publish it after being rejected by nearly every major British publisher, including Tolkien's own publisher, Collins. This is a highly desirable set of correspondence... Learn More
    £85,000.00

    Stock Code: 142718

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

    London : 1954-55

    First editions, first impressions. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most popular and influential works of literature in the 20th century, containing richly rendered detail of a new mythological world, not yet surpassed. Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 143484

  4. 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: 149849

  5. 149226
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R. The Hobbit or There and Back Again.

    London : 1976

    First deluxe edition, first impression, of Tolkien's well-loved classic, first published in 1937. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 149226

  6. The Hobbit.
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R. The Hobbit.

    London : 1976

    First deluxe edition of Tolkien's classic, in the special issue for the Folio Society, using the deluxe edition sheets bound in a brown quarter sheep binding with slipcase (the standard deluxe edition issue in black cloth). Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 150466

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

    London : 1991

    First edition illustrated by Alan Lee, first impression, signed by Lee on the half-title. This edition precedes the publication of single volumes of the individual titles with Lee's illustrations.

    The illustrations for this edition were commissioned from Alan Lee (b. 1947) to commemorate the centenary of Tolkien's birth. Lee's new illustrations... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 149497

  8. 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, signed deluxe issue, number 302 of 600 copies signed by the illustrator on the title page and produced exclusively for Hatchards's 200th anniversary.

    Lee's illustrations for Tolkien's Middle Earth epics first appeared in the 1991 edition of The Lord of the Rings. They were a key inspiration for Peter Jackson... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 149233

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