The Times-Tribune

Marquette adds to Tolkien collection

First edition, first printing of “The Hobbit” acquired by school.

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MILWAUKEE — Marquette University is adding to its J.R.R. Tolkien Collection.

The university says it has acquired a first edition, first printing of “The Hobbit.” The book is one of 1,500 such copies published in 1937. “The Hobbit” is recognized as a classic in children’s literature. The first printing sold out before the end of 1937 and includes artwork drawn by Tolkien himself. No purchase price was disclosed.

Marquette’s Tolkien collection includes the original manuscript­s of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

The university’s library director in the 1950s recognized “The Lord of the Rings” as a masterpiec­e soon after it was published and reached an agreement with Tolkien to obtain the manuscript­s for less than $5,000.

“The Hobbit” manuscript­s at Marquette contain nearly 1,600 pages.

 ?? MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY VIA AP ?? The inside cover of the first-edition, first printing copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tale “The Hobbit.” It was obtained by Marquette University’s Department of Special Collection­s and University Archives and is one of only 1,500 in existence. It...
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY VIA AP The inside cover of the first-edition, first printing copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tale “The Hobbit.” It was obtained by Marquette University’s Department of Special Collection­s and University Archives and is one of only 1,500 in existence. It...

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