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Pictured: Specialist Senan MacDonagh with the first-impression copy of The Hobbit, in the saleroom at Duke's in Dorchester, Dorset.
A rare first impression edition of Tolkien's classic children's book The Hobbit has sold for a whopping £59,800.
The sought-after copy was one of the first ever printed and includes original maps and illustrations by the author.
It is adorned with a wraparound cloth depicting the iconic dark blue mountains and deep-green forests of Tolkien's fantasy world.
The family who sold it were completely unaware of its true worth until a valuer visited their home in Dorset and spotted it on a dusty bookshelf.