London: Allen & Unwin, 1946.
J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #1899
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Fourth impression published 1946, the final publication of the 1st Edition. An exquisite copy, showing no foxing to the maps or pages. The decorative map endpapers are clean & bright in Fine condition. Two neat previous owner's names, one to front pastedown (map) hidden by the dustjacket flap, and another to the front free endpaper (map), no other writing or marks noted. Color frontispiece, 8 mono plates, and text block all in Near Fine condition, one small singe mark to the edge of the textblock, did not burn into the paper. The slightest bit of spine lean, with a bit of rubbing and shelfwear to the bottom edges of the boards, corners lightly bumped. A bright and beautiful well protected copy, very unusual for these early 1st Editions to survive in this condition. Produced in conformity with the war time standard's, with the distinctive 'War Time Economy Standards' title verso. This copy has its original price clipped dustjacket, which has had restoration and conservation work performed. It was originally missing the bottom 1" of the spine and upper flap fold areas, and had numerous splits to the flap and spine fold areas, which have been infilled, strengthened and repainted as necessary. Makes a beautiful presentation of this wonderful book. The dustjacket is in an archival protector, to help preserve this restored and repaired original dustjacket. Pages are clean and bright, no tears or stains. Still shows a bit of the green topstain, a little faded and dusty. A bit of shelf wear to the edges of the lower boards, very lightly bumped corners. The original decorative green cloth, is unsoiled without any fading to the spine area. A beautiful collectable copy. Uncommon in this beautiful condition. Custom slipcase with Dark Green leather spine, gilt stamped to reflect the spine of the original 'Mountains and Dragon' design by the author. Photos of dustjacket before restoration are shown for detail on restoration and conservation performed. 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.
Price: $5,000.00 save 5% $4,750.00