Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. The History of the Hobbit, a 3 volume box set from Houghton Mifflin, 1st US Edition, 1st impression of 2007. A beautiful boxed set of the definitive examination of how Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece, including the complete unpublished draft and little-known illustrations and unpublished maps, along with a new edition of the classic work itself. These books and publishers slipcase are all in Near Fine condition. Dustjackets are in a protective mylar jacket, and are not price clipped. No previous owners names or any writing noted. One neatly repaired upper corner of the slipcase, where it was just starting to split. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
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New York: Ballantine Books, 1973. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A four volume paperback set housed in the Publishers original Red covered slipcase, featuring the Heraldic symbols that were drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien. These illustrations include the ones designed to represent Feanor, Idril Celebrindal, Earendil, Luthien Tinuviel, Fingolfin, Elwe, Luthien Tinuviel and Finwe. This is one of the earliest published sets that includes all four books, The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. This is also the first set to feature the illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien, as the covers of the book and slipcase, rather then the Barbara Remington designs as found on previous issues. The Hobbit is a 42nd impression published in September 1973, along with The Fellowship of the Ring is a 43rd impression, The Two Towers a 40th impression and The Return of the King a 39th impression all from September 1973, one of the earlier sets in this edition. Hammond and Anderson's, A Descriptive Bibliography notes that "after the 40th (March 1973) and no later than the forty-second (September 1973)", the Hobbit was sold in sets with the Lord of the Rings, housed "in a slipcase, gold (or red) printed paper over boards, featuring Heraldic devices by Tolkien." This design was used until 1983, when the covers were changed again. So this set is from that period - September 1973. The slipcase shows some corner bruising along with minor scraps, but the spines of the four books are in near perfect condition. They do not appear to be faded or tanned in any way. A lovely find for the collector. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. A Very Good copy of an extremely scarce early Hobbit. The 1958 printing, of the 2nd Edition (1951), or the 10th printing overall (1937). This copy is a stated 10th impression from the dustjacket, published by Houghton Mifflin from sheets imported from Great Britain. From the identification key by Steven Frisby, this stated 10th impression, is indeed the 10th impression. The Very Good only dustjacket is not priced or 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 book features the original dustjacket with the Mountains and Dragon design by the author. The dustjackets has numerous tears, a large mostly closed tear to the top of the back panel being the worst. There is a bit of loss to the top of the spine and the lower 1/4 inch is missing, some loss at the tips of the flap folds. White the flap folds are showing the crease with some color loss. The boards show minor soiling and marking, with a little shelfwear noted. The text block is clean, with some scattered foxing, previous owners name, to front free endpaper (map) and first blank page. No bumped corners, lightly soiled boards. The dustjacket is not price clipped and has no price markings. A collectable clean copy, one of the only issues with the pale green boards stamped in blue. 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, with the red and black ink still showing clear and bright against the endpapers. Both maps have some foxing, along with the previous owners name and date. A highly collectable copy, hard to find in it's original dustjacket.
London: Folio/Allen and Unwin, 1976. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Thus. Quarter Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit, 1976 Folio 1st Impression, with the title page showing the George Allen & Unwin imprint and the verso shows the full Allen & Unwin print history. This is one of the two variants of the first Folio Society edition of The Hobbit. The book is in Near Fine condition without any scrapes or scuffs on the spine. The textblock is clean and bright, Near Fine in condition. The slipcase has protected the book well over the years. So this is the true 1st printing of the 1st Folio Edition, with the Folio 1979 maroon colored edition being the 2nd printing of the Folio edition (per Hammond). Lacking the Folio title page, this book is internally identical to the 1976 A&U Deluxe edition! Per Hammond, the Folio Society was to take the Deluxe edition papers and remove certain pages from the beginning (title page, copyright pg, etc) and replace them with the Folio pages. However, some 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 this book, lacking the normal scrapes and scuffing to the leather on the spine. Very unusual and hard to find. Additional digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
London: Harper Collins, 2004. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Thus. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Thus. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Harper Collins 2004 UK Deluxe Edition of The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The definitive edition of the text, fully reset and corrected for this special edition, with many unique features: Exclusive 16 page introduction by Christopher Tolkien about the history of 'The Hobbit'. The illustration, "The Three Trolls are turned to Stone" by J.R.R. Tolkien, appears for the first time. Fully illustrated by the author, with 14 illustrations appearing in full color. Also appearing for the first time is a fold-out version of Thror's Map, with the 'magic' runes only visible when the map is held up to the light, as the author intended. For the first time the Map of Wilderland appears in blue and black, as the author originally intended. Tolkien's drawing of Mirkwood appears as the front endpaper and interior illustration. Quarter bound in green, stamped in red and gold foil on grey boards, and housed in a matching slipcase. Printed and bound by Lego SpA in Italy, on superior quality paper and including a green silk ribbon marker. This edition is available for a limited time only." The loose leaf flyer that was originally issued with the book in not included, it is missing. No faults to this lovely copy, Near Fine, unmarked, crisp and tight. This Deluxe Edition is a beautiful companion to the 50th Anniversary Edition of 'The Lord of the Rings', as well as matching the UK Deluxe Editions of the Children of Hurin, The Silmarillion, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, The Tales of the Perilous Realm, The Fall of Arthur, Unfinished Tales, Beowulf, Story of Kullervo, Beren and Luthien, and The Fall of Gondolin. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
London: Folio Society, 1979. Ingahild Grathmer & Drawn By Eric Fraser. Special Edition. Quarter Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Published in 1979 by the Folio Society, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. In Near Fine condition with slipcase. Quarter Bound in Dark Maroon Leather and cloth, this is the stated 1st printing of the 1st Folio Edition, whereas the Folio 1976 Misbound Deluxe Edition is a different colored edition being the actual 1st printing of the Folio edition (per Hammond) this is now considered the second state or printing. The Title page of this edition does state "Folio Society" as it should. Illustrated by Ingahild Grathmer & Drawn By Eric Fraser. A splendid companion to the 1st Folio set of the Lord of the Rings, with matching design and format. Gilt is still bright and untarnished on this book, a couple of minor flecks missing. No scuffing to the leather on the spine, but a little soiling and minor wear to the edges of the slipcase. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
London: Folio Society, 1997. Ingahild Grathmer and drawn by Eric Fraser. First Thus. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. A complete set of the major works of J.R.R. Tolkien, which include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. The Hobbit was published by the Folio Society in 1997, the 1st impression in the latest style binding. The Lord of the Rings is the 1st impression of 1997 in the latest style of binding. The Silmarillion is also a 1st impression of 1997. All are illustrated by Eric Fraser, Ingahild Grathmer, and Francis Mosley respectively. A wonderful matched set made of high quality acid free paper, and bound in full vegetable parchment to create a beautiful set of Tolkien's primary works. All three issues are housed in their own separate publishers slipcase, and are in Near Fine condition. No writing, no marks, no faults. All are unread, crisp and tight, clean and bright. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / No Jacket, as Issued.
Taipei, Taiwan: Bookcase Shop Ltd, 1972. 1st Thus. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, and The Silmarillion, Taiwan Editions, in a Custom Black Leather Slipcase. A wonderful and scarce collection of Tolkien's books, the Taiwan Editions, featuring The Hobbit a 1st impression published in February 1972, The Lord of the Rings are all 4th impression's published January 1976, and The Silmarillion is a 1st impression of November 1977 by the Bookcase Shop Ltd, Taipei. The books were printed with permission of Allen & Unwin. The front panel on The Fellowship dustjacket is mis printed with The Return of the King panel, though the spine correctly indicates The Fellowship of the Ring. An unusual five volume hardback set, matched in size and format. None are price clipped, but only The Fellowship and The Silmarillion have a price on their dustjackets. The top edges of the books are slightly dusty, otherwise a bright set of this classic of fantasy literature. The dustjackets all show rubbing along with a few closed tears, and a few chips with minor loss to the top of the spine and edges, remarkably clean and bright colors. The Hobbit's bright green is fading to a more blueish color, while the red lettering on The Silmarillion is also slightly faded. These are Very Good Plus books in Very Good Plus dustjackets. The books are all in the original light tan cloth with original dustjackets. The tan cloth boards have no gilt stamping except to the spine on each book. The Hobbit has a Goodwill price sticker on the first free endpaper, and an ink marked price to the rear free endpaper. The Silmarillion has a small Taipei Booksellers stick to the rear free endpaper. None of the other books have any writing, names, or dates, shows offsetting to the white endpapers and the reverse side of the dustjackets. Original maps are attached at the rear of the 3 Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion books, where the Hobbit has its maps bound into the textblock instead of as endpapers. A custom black leather slipcase stamped with Tolkien designs, is furnished to house this lovely collection. A significant and highly collectable set of this sought after edition. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1973. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Thus. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit US Collectors Edition, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published in 1973 by Houghton Mifflin. This copy is the "First Printing Collectors Edition H". Green leatherette with red and gold foil stamping in matching slipcase with green, black and gold label, illustrated with full color plates, and monochrome line drawings, maps, all edges speckled, complete with all plates and unabridged. No bumps to the edges or corners of the book or slipcase, but it does have a couple of small scrapes to the front panel. The slipcase is in Very Good Plus condition and has protected the book very well for many years. No fading to the stamping on the spine as so often found. Digital photo's are available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.