The Hobbit or There and Back Again. Published by Allen & Unwin, this second impression published 1937, same year as 1st impression.
The exterior of this copy is lightly soiled, whereas the interior is very clean and bright, without foxing. Decorative map endpapers in excellent shape, with small previous owners name on ffep margin. Has the 4 color and 9 mono plates all in excellent condition.
The second impression is important for the addition of the 4 color illustrations by the author.
This is the 1st and only early UK edition published with four of tolkien's color illustrations. One of only 1877 copies of the original 2300 that survived the bombing of London in November 1940.
This copy shows light soiling to the covers, with a small repair to a 1/4" area of fraying and/or loss at the bottom of the spine. Repair was made with remains from another 2nd imp UK Hobbit that was rebound. The exterior also has a minor bump to the front lower corner. Some light shelfwear, but in very good condition overall. The text block is clean and bright, binding still tight. Has absolutely no foxing, soiling, or markings in the text block.
Features Tolkiens orignal 'Mountains and Dragon' design stamped in blue on the boards and spine. A beautiful copy, furnished with a facsimile of the original 2nd impression UK Dustjacket.
This copy is also supplied with a gilt stamped custom green cloth clamshell case to house and protect this highly collectable copy.
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