The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún is a work written by J.R.R. Tolkien, before he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, while he was Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University during the 1920s and ‘30s. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2009 and a special first edition copy has now been made available by Hatchard's for £60.
The Hatchard's first edition (not the copy in the photograph) is a deluxe collector's edition which has the first edition text and a facsimile page of Tolkien's original manuscript. The edition is quarterbound in brown with grey boards and includes a gold motif of Sigurd's horse, Grani, stamped on the front board. It has been printed on superior quality paper and includes a silk ribbon bookmarker, with matching slipcase.
It includes an introduction by J.R.R. Tolkien, from one of his own lectures on Norse literature, with notes and commentary on the poems by Christopher Tolkien.
Tolkien fans the wolrd over will want to take a closer look at this special edition.