Tolkien Library Store - Original Cloth Bindings - The Hobbit original bindings

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A beautiful copy of an early printing of The Hobbit.

The 1961 12th overall printing, or the 8th printing of the 2nd Edition (1951).

A Near Fine/Very Good Plus copy in like condition original dustjacket designed by Tolkien, as found on the original UK Editions. This copy is one of the few early Houghton Mifflin copies with the full printing history stated on the verso of the title page. Stated 13th impression on front flap, not priced or clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain, this dustjacket is clean & bright with a bit of rubbing and a little color loss along the front flap fold area. Some minor loss at the spine and flap fold areas. The book is clean and bright, slightly darkened spine with the light green colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows no shelf wear, soiling, 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. No previous owners names or writing in the book. The folds at the flaps and ends of the spine have the smallest of rubs, but very small loss of color.

The jacket shows no soiling in the white sections, except for on the spine where it is darkened.

A beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this Near Fine condition.

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