Tolkien’s original dust-jacket design for The Hobbit is currently on public display as part of the Bodleian Library’s ‘Marks of Genius’ exhibition.
It sits alongside other treasures of the Bodleian Library including a 1217 engrossment of Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s First Folio, the Gutenberg Bible, and much more.
The exhibition aims to look “at ways in which attitudes towards genius are manifested in a number of remarkable books and manuscripts, and exploring how works of genius found in a university library can be acquired, collected and read.”
It is located in the newly-opened Weston Library (Broad Street, Oxford), which houses the Bodleian’s archival collections including a substantial amount of Tolkien’s papers. The exhibition will close 20 September 2015.