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
spell at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End, where the production has been nominated for best comedy at the 2014 Olivier Awards. A copy of the first book to feature the duo, My Man Jeeves (1919), is estimated at £250-350 [Lot 166], and titles that are rarely seen in their dust-jackets include The Inimitable Jeeves (1923), estimated at £1,000-1,500 [Lot 170], and Carry On, Jeeves (1925), estimated at £800 – 1,200. [Lot 173]
An autograph manuscript poem entitled The Dug Out (1918) written by eminent First World War poet, Siegfried Sassoon in August 1918, serves as a moving tribute to soldiers in the trenches. Belonging to British writer and journalist Henry Major Tomlinson, who is well-known for his anti-war novels and short stories, the poem was written in pencil and overwritten in ink by Sassoon. It is accompanied by a group of photographs of Sassoon and the Tomlinsons, some of which are signed
by Sassoon himself and come directly from the family of H.M.Tomlinson. It is estimated at £2,000-3,000.
Also offered for sale by Tomlinson’s family is a signed first edition presentation copy of Sassoon’s book of religious poetry, Sequences (1956). The presentation inscription is from Siegfried Sassoon to H.M. Tomlinson and Tomlinson’s daughter Dorothy, and includes a further presentation inscription below to 'Mum & Dad' in Tomlinson's hand. Also included is an autograph letter, signed from Sassoon to Tomlinson, which reads: “Your messages always sustain my spirit greatly (hence the dedication). No one else understands - or anyhow expresses understanding - as you do.” This very personal book is estimated to sell for £200-300 [Lot 134]
J. D. Salinger’s classic novel, Catcher in the Rye (1951), is one of the most popular books of the 20th century, and has been translated into all the world’s major languages. Not without controversy, the book has become a classic coming of age novel, popular amongst teenagers for its approach to the challenging themes of adolescent angst, identity and alienation. The book was the most censored work in high schools throughout the U.S. between 1961 and 1982, and has been in the top ten most challenged books in the past two decades. A first edition copy of this defining novel, in excellent condition, is offered with an estimate of £4,000 – 6,000. [Lot 132]
This auction will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ London saleroom in the heart of Mayfair, with viewing from Monday 7h – Thursday 10th April. The catalogue and details of online bidding with no additional fee can be found at www.bloomsburyauctions.com.