A rare first impression edition of J.R.R Tolkien’s classic children’s book The Hobbit which features a handwritten correction has sold for a whopping £59,800.
The sought-after copy was one of the first ever printed and includes original maps and illustrations by the author.
It is adorned with a wraparound cloth depicting the iconic dark blue mountains and deep-green forests of Tolkien’s fantasy world.
The family who sold it were completely unaware of its true worth until a valuer visited their home in Dorset and spotted it on a dusty bookshelf.
Only around 1,500 first impression copies were printed in 1937 making those which come to auction highly collectable.
This one was sold at Duke’s Auctioneers, Dorchester, Dorset, for a hammer price of £46,000, with premiums taking it to £59,800, to a buyer in the US.
The back flap of the cover contains a misspelling of Reverend Charles Dodgson in the book’s notes, better known by his pen name of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The famous error meant printers had to draw a tiny line, by hand, through the errant ‘e’ on every single copy.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Katie Feehan