A superb copy of early printing of The Hobbit. The 1951, 5th overall printing, or the 1st printing of the 2nd Edition (1951).
A Near Fine copy, with a replacement dustjacket, begging for a little restoration. The stated 5th impression dustjacket came from an exlibrary copy, and has the top edge trimmed approximately 1/4". It has been priceclipped, and has a few minor chips and tears, but actually shows very well.
Stated 5th impression on title verso, one of 3500 printed and bound from November 1950 thru March 1953 (per Hammond and Anderson).
The text block is clean and bright, without foxing, bound in the green colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows almost no shelf wear, slight rubbing at one front corner, no soiling to note, or bumped corners. A beautiful clean bright copy, still has the unfaded green topstain. Contains the full color frontispiece "The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water", as well as the original line drawings by Tolkien. The maps are in excellent condition, red and black ink still show clear and bright against the endpapers, with only the lightest of foxing. No previous owners names or any other writing.
Overall a beautiful copy, scarce in this Near Fine condition. Housed in custom slipcase to protect and show off this highly collectable book.
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