The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Published by Allen & Unwin in 1956, this is the eighth impression.
The book is in Near Fine condition, with a little light fading to the spine from sunlight shining thru the white sections of the dustjacket.
The dustjacket is clean and bright with no soiling and only the slightest of rubs or wear to the corners of the spine folds.
No previous owners names or other writing to be found.
No foxing marks or offsetting noted.
The boards are the original green cloth with dark blue stamping of tolkien's own Mountains and Dragon design, with completely unbumped corners.
The title verso has the full printing history up to this eighth impression of 1956.
The original dustjacket is incorrectly marked the 7th impression, but would appear to be the original as both book and dustjacket are remarkably well preserved. It is not unusual for extra dustjackets to be used on subsequent impressions till they were used up. The dustjacket is price clipped and in Near Fine condition, with only the most minor of rubbing to the edges, with a tiny bit of splitting at the tips of the folds.
There is one small closed tear at the bottom of the front panel approx. 3/4", no loss but a little rubbing to the edges of the tear.
Edges of the text block are clean and unfoxed, with the top edge slightly faded but still showing the original green topstain.
A beautiful copy, of an early printing, of this much sought after children's classic.
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