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The signature of the a former owner appeared in each volume of Tolkien’s famous trilogy, but it was the author’s own signature that appeared on the half title of a copy of The Hobbit. This too was in a dust jacket, and though it was a 1968 copy, not a first edition (with a photograph of Tolkien and staff at Allen & Unwin taken when the book was signed, on July 14, 1972, tucked inside), this proved perfectly acceptablee and, estimated at
£500-600, this late vintage but signed Hobbit was bid to £3000.

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