FIRST EDITION "HOBBIT" GOES FOR RECORD PRICE

Jun 05, 2015

By Andy Johnson

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A first edition of JRR Tolkien’s 1937 novel “The Hobbit”, complete with an inscription in Elvish written by the author, has sold at auction in London for $252.000.  That smashes the previous record for a sale of The Hobbit which was set in 2008 when a first edition sold for $110,000.  The record setting book was given by Tolkien one of his students at Leeds University in the 1920s.  The Elvish verse is an extract from Tolkien’s The Lost Road, which was part of his 12-volume History of Middle-earth.

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