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Published: 21 September 2017

First Edition Magic at Freeman’s

Literary enthusiasts and avid collectors of first editions need not look hard to find items worth seeking in Freeman's forthcoming Sept. 28 Books, Maps & Manuscripts sale.

Leading the literature section of the sale is a first edition, first issue copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, or There and Back, published in London in 1937 by George Allen & Unwin (Lot 244). With its first state dust jacket (containing the notable misprint "Dodgeson" for "Dodgson), seven full-page illustrations and map endpapers, this near-fine copy is expected to elicit strong participation from interested parties.

The Hobbit First Edition Publisher Mistake on Jacket

Complementing Tolkien's fantastical classic is a complete, attractive set of A.A. Milne's Christopher Robin Books (Lot 250). The set comprises first trade editions of When We Were Very Young (1924), Winnie-The-Pooh (1926), Now We are Six (1927) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928), each retaining original gilt-pictorial and gilt-paneled colored cloths with intact dust jackets. The volumes are each embellished with compelling decorations by E.H. Shepard, while Winnie-The-Pooh has additional pictorial endpapers depicting a bird's-eye-view of the "100 Akre Wood." 

First edition Winnie the Pooh at Auction

Winnie the Pooh First Edition 100 Akre Wood Illustration

Other notable first editions in the sale include: Lot 234, James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. (New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1916) and Lot 208, a five-volume set of Charles Dickens's Christmas Books, which includes a first edition, third issue of Dickens's beloved classic, A Christmas Carol.

First Edition James Joyce

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