London: Allen & Unwin, 1937.
J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Very Good / Facsimile Only. Item #1937
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. This is the 1st printing of 1937, featuring the black and white frontispiece of The Hill: Hobbiton across the Water', with all illustrations by the author. A wonderful copy, showing some soiling to the cloth, a previous owners name to the first blank page. Housed in a custom full leather and marbled paper slipcase, to house and protect this classic. This is one of the original 1500 copies,1st (First) Impression of the 1st (First) Edition that was published 21st of September 1937. It has the two maps and ten illustrations, by the author, all in excellent condition. The original decorative map endpapers have no markings or previous owners names. Thror's Map in the front, is in relatively clean condition with the pastedown brighter than the free end. The Wilderland Map is also in clean condition, again with the slightly darkened free end, both maps are whole and have no splits along the gutter. The book exhibits some spine lean, but the binding is still firm and tight. The text block is relatively clean and bright, The top edge is dusty and faded, with the green topstain just barely visible. The edges of the textblock are lightly soiled. The cloth covered boards with the dark blue decoration of Tolkien's Mountains and Dragon design, are a bit darkened along the spine and the edges. The tips of the spine are pushed with no loss, lower front corner has some loss to the cloth revealing the boards underneath. A wonderful copy, exceedingly scarce in any condition in this day and age. A tremendous opportunity to acquire this classic of modern fantasy literature. A facsimile of the original dustjacket is provided with this book. The full leather slipcase is made to reflect the original Mountains and Dragon design by the author, and features complimentary hand marbled paper covered trays. 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: $16,000.00 save 5% $15,200.00