29 June 2005
TOLKIEN, JOHN RONALD REUEL (1892-1973). The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1937.
8o. Frontispiece and eight text illustrations by the author, inserted half-tone plate by the author, integral advertisement leaf at end. Original puublisher's green cloth stamped in blue, off-white endpapers printed with Thror's map and a map of Wilderland after drawings by the author, top edge stained green (spine slightly cocked); ORIGINAL PICTORIAL DUST JACKET after drawing by the author, with "Dodgeson" corrected by hand on rear flap (small chip on top edge of rear panel, some other very minor edgewear); imaginative quarter morocco folding case. Provenance: Elizabeth Jennings, later poet, and her siblings Henry, Mary and Aileen (presentation inscription on front flyleaf); Richard Manney (his sale, Sotheby's New York, 11 October 1991, lot 297).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on the front flyleaf by the author: "October 1937 For Henry, Mary and also Aileen and Elizabeth Jennings with love from the Author JRRT." A rare presentation copy of one of the most widely-read works of fantasy literature, inscribed in the year of publication to the future poet Elizabeth Jennings and her siblings. Jennings was ten-years-old at the time of the presentation. Currey 476.
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