"The Bodleian Library is taking part in World Book Day 2010 by exhibiting a selection of J.R.R. Tolkien's original artwork which was used to illustrate The Hobbit, as well as a unique manuscript of Hobbit doodles and a rare first edition of the book. This free-of-charge one-day display will take place in the Divinity School of the Bodleian Library on Thursday, 4 March 2010. The Hobbit was published on 21 September 1937 with all fifteen-hundred copies of the first edition being sold out within three months. It received generally enthusiastic reviews, and after the success of the American edition in 1938 the book became one of the world's best-selling single works of fiction, now translated into nearly forty languages"