A Rare Copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendary Book The Hobbit Goes Under the Hammer As the third and final part of Peter Jackson’s epic film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit reaches the final stages of production, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions offer Tolkien fans the worl
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A Rare Copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendary Book
The Hobbit Goes Under the Hammer
As the third and final part of Peter Jackson’s epic film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit reaches the final stages of production, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions offer Tolkien fans the world over the opportunity to buy a first edition of the original book, The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again (1937), at their sale of Modern Literature in London on Friday 11th April.
Published in September 1937 the book tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, and acts as a precursor to Tolkien’s famous The Lord of The Rings (1954-1955) trilogy. The continuing popularity of the book, and the recent adaptation to film, make copies of this work coveted collectors' items, this copy is estimated to sell for £15,000 – 20,000. [Lot 139]
The adventures of secret agent James Bond have a timeless appeal, and a complete collection of writer Ian Fleming's 007 novels comprise lots 48 – 62 of this sale. Although all are in excellent condition, of particular note is a first edition of Casino Royale (1953), the book that introduced the character of James Bond, and made a further 11 Bond novels possible.
This iconic book, the dust-jacket of which was designed by Fleming himself, was an instant success with readers with 4,728 copies selling in the UK within a month of publication, and a further two print runs within the same month selling at the same speed. More than 60 years later buyers have an opportunity to purchase one of the books from the original print run. This
superb copy comes in an almost pristine dust-jacket and is priced at £10,000 – 15,000. [Lot 48]
Live and Let Die (1954) followed hot on the heels of Casino Royale and was published on the 5th April 1954. Fleming’s second Bond novel met with an equally favourable reception, and a print run of 7,500 copies quickly sold out. Written at Fleming’s estate in Jamaica, perhaps not surprisingly called ‘Goldeneye’, the story centres around Bond chasing the American criminal Mr. Big, who is involved in smuggling 17th century gold coins from British territories in the Caribbean. Another near-fine example of the first edition is estimated to sell for £4,000 – 6,000. [Lot 49]
From one national treasure to another and an almost complete set of the works of P.G. Wodehouse. Part of a private collection, lots 150-208 include an extremely rare first edition copy of Wodehouse's first adult novel, Love Among the Chickens (1906). Written when Wodehouse was only 25 the book introduces the character of Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge who famously reoccurs throughout Wodehouse’s short stories, this copy is estimated at £2,000 – 3,000. [Lot157]
The collection also includes a number of works featuring Wodehouse's most enduring pair, Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves. Immortalised on screen by the nation’s favourites, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster are now enjoying a