Hobbit fever catches at South Cerney auction house Dominic Winter
Signed first editions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy published by Rayner Unwin, which recently fetched £24,000 at Dominic Winter auction house
HOBBIT fever has spread to Gloucestershire with a set of signed first editions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy selling for £24,000 at an auction in South Cerney.
The books were part of collection of J. R. R. Tolkien books published by Rayner Unwin – including a first edition of the Hobbit which more than doubled its estimate by selling for £13,500 – which went under the hammer at Dominic Winter auction house recently.
Dominic Winters auctioneer and senior valuer Chris Albury said a ten-year-old Rayner Unwin had convinced his father to publish The Hobbit after reading a manuscript.
He also later played a key role in getting Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings published despite concerns that splitting the book into three would be a commercial and financial disaster.
“To have Rayner's copies of both these landmark works of English literature was very special for us and for collectors the world over,” he said.