A fantastic copy of an early printing of The Hobbit.
The 1955, 7th overall printing, or the 3rd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951).
A Near Fine copy in Very Good Plus/Near Fine original dustjacket, designed by Tolkien, featuring his Mountains & Dragon design, as found on the original UK Editions.
Stated 7th impression on front flap, price clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain.
One of probably only 1000 imported from Allen & Unwin, lacking the printing history on title verso, to help them circumvent the import restrictions and US copyright laws. The text block is clean and bright, bound in the light brown colored original cloth from the publisher.
Shows no shelf wear, slight rubbing to the dustjacket at the folds, no soiling to note, or bumped corners. Features the title, dwarves hat, author, and publisher stamped on the spine in blue.
Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well.
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 unfoxed endpapers.
A previous owners name and date to the first blank page, no other names or any other writing.
The dustjacket shows the smallest amount of wear to the top of the spine, and the folds at the flaps have the smallest of chips, none larger that 2 or 3 mm.
The jacket shows a light amount of soiling in the white sections, and the spine is lightly tanned.
Overall a beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this condition.
Digital photo's available, inquire if interested.
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