The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
This is the 1st impression of the ballantine Paperback Edition, published August 1965.
The book is in Very Good Plus condition, with minimal rubbing and soiling to the covers.
One upper corner on the front panel shows a fold wrinkle,
one lower corner shows a minor bump wrinkle.
No wrinkles to the spine, appears unread.
The pages are only lightly tanned as is common, due to the highly acidic paper.
This book shows nicely, however is lightly soiled and possibly a tiny bit faded.
No previous owners names or other markings noted.
The orange stained edges are all darkened and a bit dusty, with the top edge spotted a bit.
The Barbara Remington illustration on the front cover, does have the Lion, which was later removed due to Tolkiens complaints.
A whole and complete copy of a very significant book, which first placed the affordable paperback issue into the American publics hands.
Has the infamous "A Statement from the Author".
"This paperback edition, and no other, has been published with my consent and co-operation.
Those who approve of courtesy (at least) to living authors will purchase it, and no other."
A wonderful copy for the collector, increasingly scarce in any condition.
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