TOLKIEN, J.R.R. (author). Pauline BAYNES (illustrator). The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and other verses from The Red Book. London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd. 1962.
Tall 8vo. Original pictorial boards with wrap-around design, preserved in repeat dustwrapper; pp. [vi], 7-63 + [i]; with drawings throughout by Pauline Baynes printed in black and white and duotones; externally very nearly fine with only tiny rubbing to extremities, internally very good bar some marking, and the neat erasure of a name (through careful bleaching) to front free endpaper, protected by a very fresh, price-clipped, dustwrapper with only very slight rubbing to extremities.
First edition. An important addition to the Hobbit saga. A collection of poems including the title verse about Bombadil, which was originally published in slighter form in The Oxford Magazine, in 1934. This nature-spirit, as Tolkien conceived him, first appeared in The Fellowship of the Ring when Frodo Baggins came across him in the Old Forest. He is also referred to at the tail-end of The Return of the King, when Gandalf pays him a long visit. Bombadil calls himself 'The Master' or 'The Eldest' and there is some suggestion that he is the oldest being in Middle-Earth: he tells Frodo that he was an inhabitant when the Elves first came West.