Tolkien Library Store - Original Cloth Bindings
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 no name's or writing in the book. Has the 4 color and 9 mono plates all in Very Good Plus condition, with a tiny 1/4" triangular corner torn off the rear free endpaper. 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, the exterior also has a few bumped corners, but no tears or rips to the cloth . Some light shelfwear, but in very good condition overall. The text block is clean and bright, binding still tight, green topstain is slightly dusty. Has absolutely no foxing, one finger smudge or soiling mark to page 19, only in the margin, not affecting the text. 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.
A custom clamshell case with gilt stamped leather spine, green marbled paper and facsimile's of the original maps to line the trays.
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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