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209Hobbit programme, signed

Hobbit programme

Lot 209

Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Printed programme for the New College School production of The Hobbit, adapted by Humphrey Carpenter, signed by Tolkien on upper cover, 1967.

 

Estimate: £3,000 - 4,000

Hammer Price: £4,800

Full Lot Details

Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Printed programme for the New College School, Oxford, production of The Hobbit, adapted by Humphrey Carpenter with music by Paul Drayton, 4pp., illustrations, with map by Drayton to final p., signed by Tolkien on upper cover, minor creasing, some light toning to margins of upper cover, [Hammond pp.23-24], 4to, 1967.

A rare signed playbill for the second theatrical adaptation of The Hobbit.

The first production of The Hobbit was performed at St. Margaret's School, Edinburgh for teachers and parents in 1953. This second production was a larger affair, performed over three nights, with the author in attendance on the final night. The play was adapted by Humphrey Carpenter and music composed by the school music teacher Paul Drayton (who also drew the map for the lower cover). Signed copies of the book were raffled off each night, Tolkien also signed copies of the programme for the performers.

Full Lot Details

Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Printed programme for the New College School, Oxford, production of The Hobbit, adapted by Humphrey Carpenter with music by Paul Drayton, 4pp., illustrations, with map by Drayton to final p., signed by Tolkien on upper cover, minor creasing, some light toning to margins of upper cover, [Hammond pp.23-24], 4to, 1967.

A rare signed playbill for the second theatrical adaptation of The Hobbit.

The first production of The Hobbit was performed at St. Margaret's School, Edinburgh for teachers and parents in 1953. This second production was a larger affair, performed over three nights, with the author in attendance on the final night. The play was adapted by Humphrey Carpenter and music composed by the school music teacher Paul Drayton (who also drew the map for the lower cover). Signed copies of the book were raffled off each night, Tolkien also signed copies of the programme for the performers.