The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
These are the 1976 Folio Edition, 1st Impression's.
This set of two books, are the first Folio Society publication of The Hobbit.
They are examples of the two Folio Society variants, both in Near Fine condition with slipcases.
These are the true 1st printings of the 1st Folio Edition, with the Folio 1979 maroon colored edition being the 2nd printing of the Folio edition (per Hammond).
Here you have both states with one having the Folio Society Title page, and the second Title page does not state "Folio Society" as it should, instead the pages are identical to the 1976 A&U Deluxe edition!
Per Hammond, the Folio Society was to take the Deluxe edition pages and remove certain pages from the beginning (title page, copyright page, etc) and replace them with the Folio pages.
However, a very few of the books were bound by the Folio Society with all of the original Deluxe pages included and not replaced with Folio pages, but with the binding being the Folio format.
Very Scarce indeed!
Gilt is still bright and untarnished on these books.
Most minor of scuffing to the leather on the spines, a few liquid spots to the exterior of the slipcase's, a slight bit of browning to the fold areas of the maps in one copy the only faults.
Very unusual and hard to find both variants.
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