London: Allen & Unwin, 1937.
J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very Good / No Jacket. Item #1900
The Hobbit or There and Back Again. Published by Allen & Unwin, a UK 1st Edition, 2nd impression was published in 1937, the same year as the original 1st impression. The exterior of this copy is moderately soiled, whereas the interior is clean and bright, with only scattered spots of foxing or minor spots & fingerprints. Decorative map endpapers are in excellent condition, clean, with some darkening to the free endpaper side, a small previous owners name on the first blank page. Has the 4 color and 9 mono plates, with the Smaug illustration showing signs of having been loose and glued back in. The edges of the Smaug illustration are rough, and the gutter is yellowed from the glue, a small tear to the bottom mounting edge, but none of this intrudes on the color illustration, with the other illustrations clean and bright with no tears or faults. This second impression is important for the addition of the 4 color illustrations by the author. This is the 1st, and only early UK Edition that was published with the four Tolkien color illustrations. One of only 1877 copies of the original 2300 that survived the bombing of London in November 1940. This well loved copy shows soiling to the covers, some loss to the cloth at the top and the bottom of the spine, along with a slight spine lean. The exterior also has minor bumps to a couple of the corners, along with some shelfwear to the edges, but in very good condition overall. The text block is clean and bright, binding still tight. Features Tolkien's orignal 'Mountains and Dragon' design stamped in blue on the boards and spine. A beautiful copy, furnished with a facsimile of the original 2nd impression UK Dustjacket. This copy is housed in a beautiful Quarter Leather and Marbled Paper Clamshell Case with a gilt stamped Leather Spine. A beautiful presentation to house and protect this highly collectable copy of this timeless classic. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, including both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
Price: $5,250.00 save 5% $4,987.50