1st Edition Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Apart Of Our One Day Sale Of Books, Paintings & Rugs


This July, Bellmans will host a one day auction, including a specialist Books, Maps & Ephemera sale and a single owner collection of Watercolours and Drawings and Rugs.  

Bellmans are pleased to offer for sale an attractive set of the epoch-making J. R. R. Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings trilogy first editions in their Books, Maps & Ephemera sale. This rare set, complete with original dustwrappers, comprises; The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd dated 1954, 1954, 1955. This is an important lot for any discerning book collector, and has been sourced from a private collection with a pre-sale estimate of £13,000 - £15,000. 

Other highlights include a selection of early American 20th century editions from The Wizard of Oz series by L Frank Baum. Titles include; The Patchwork Girl of Oz, The Road to Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, and seven others. 

The sale also offers a collection of significant maps, particularly Christopher Saxton’s map of Norfolk, from the first English County Atlas, 1579, with an estimate of £1,200 - £1,600; Norfolk being the first county to be surveyed & printed in 1574.  

Also up for sale is a hand written letter by ‘Len’, the son of one of the staff at 'Greenhill', Upham, Southampton, to his parents, giving  his eye witness account at the Epsom Derby, 4th June, 1913, when Emily Davison walked onto the course in front of King George V's horse ‘Anmer’. The letter is undated, with its original envelope postmarked Epsom, June 8, 1913, & 2 other letters relating to the writer & his family. 

A passage from the letter; ‘I dare say you have read about that suffragette who stopped the King's horse, well I was standing within fifteen yards of that when it happened. Several ladies fainted and the crowd would probably have linched her if the mounted police had not formed a ring . . . ' 

The historically important letter holds an auction estimate of £400 - £500.  

The Books, Maps and Ephemera sale is followed by a single owner collection of an assorted mix of delightful 19th and 20thcentury watercolours and drawings, all unframed, depicting landscapes, marinescapes and figures. Artists include Margaret Tarrant, William Payne, Therese Lessore, Sir Hugh Casson, Robert Thorne Waite, Charles Rowbotham, George Stanfield Walters, Roland Pitchforth, along with a large number of mixed lots of assorted works. 

All entries are offered in this section without estimates, so we look forward to seeing the bidding and realised prices for this collection.