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First Edition of The Hobbit to go to Auction

By November 30, 2016Literature, News

Those of you who enjoy getting lost in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth will be interested to learn that a first edition of The Hobbit is set to be sold in auction tomorrow. Being sold through Christie’s, the book is expected to fetch anywhere between £7,000 to £10,000, though it could well go beyond that if there’s enough interest.

Published in 1937, this is one of the first editions of the classic novel printed and comes with the iconic cover art on the dust jacket and includes the maps and illustrations by Tolkien. The book features some slight wear and tear you’d expect to find on a book this old, but it’s otherwise in excellent condition and would look great in any collector’s display case.

The auction will be held in London, King’s Street, but anyone interested on bidding on the item needs only to create an account with Christie’s and then wait for bidding to go live. The auction will start on December 1st and will see many rare books go under the hammer. The Hobbit will be in good company along with a collection of Rudyard Kipling books signed by the man himself and a bible from 1456.

If you’ve got a serious amount of cash to spare then why not buy this for the Tolkien fan in your life. It’ll be a Christmas present they’ll never forget!

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