Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin, 1959.
J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #2163
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Houghton Mifflin in 1959, from sheets printed in Great Britain. The book is in Near Fine condition, with no soiling to the covers. No previous owners names nor any other writing, offsetting or foxing noted. The boards are clean and bright, with one small spot, at the upper edge, where the color has been bleached out possibly at time of binding, no damage otherwise, no bumped corners, no other markings or shelfwear noted. The color is light green cloth with blue stamping of Title to front boards. Blue stamped Title, Dwarves Hat, Author and publisher to the spine. The title verso has the full printing history up to this Eleventh impression of 1959, and the non price clipped dustjacket is correctly marked as the 11th impression. The dustjacket is in Near Fine condition, with almost no loss or rubbing to the edges, the top and bottom of the spine show a bit of rubbing with no color loss. The dustjacket colors are bright and unsoiled absolutely Near Fine. All edges of the text block are clean without any soiling or foxing marks noted. The only fault with this book is the tape ghosts to the free endpapers, from the old style dustjacket protectors. A small price to pay for the wonderful job of preserving the dustjacket it performed. A scarce, beautiful copy, of an early American printing, with the very unusual full printing history on the title verso. A much sought after children's classic in lovely condition. Now housed in a full leather slipcase, stamped with the Mountains and Dragon to the front panel as featured on the UK books, and with the Tolkien Monogram to the rear. Additional digital images 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.
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