London: Allen & Unwin, 1956. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Allen & Unwin in 1956, this is the 8th impression. The book is in Very Good Plus condition, with a moisture mark to the back panel cloth. The rest of covers are clean and unmarkedl. No previous owners names or writing noted. The second blank page has a closed tear, approximately 2 inches long, now neatly repaired. A few scattered foxing spots to the first blank page, and another shows on the title and contents page. The dustjacket is price clipped front and rear, with the publishers new price printed to the front flap. Two months into production of the 7th Impression of the Hobbits, along with the remaining original 7th Impression dustjackets, Allen & Unwin changed the price as found on this true UK 7th impression dustjacket. The jackets were price clipped -- both front and rear flap -- by Allen & Unwin publishing company itself, with their new price of 12s.6d overprinted below the impression notation on the front flap. So this copy is one with the overprinted price of 12s 6d. A bit of soiling and a small moisture mark to the flap edges and to the white areas of the dustjacket, with the spine slightly darkened. The verso of the dustjacket also shows some darkening, but does not seem to have transferred to the book itself. There is a moisture stain and some green color transferred from the books cover to the back of the dustjacket, but does not show on the exterior of the dustjacket. The back panel of the book shows the moisture mark with some color loss to the cloth. The dustjacket shows some edgewear and with minor color loss, a small closed tear to the spine fold area, with a larger chip missing at the top of the spine, and almost no loss to the bottom. Tips of the flap folds show some minor loss. The original green cloth features dark blue stamping of Tolkien's own design, the iconic Mountains and Dragon. The title verso has the full printing history up to this 8th impression of 1956. Colors are bright and the white areas are only lightly soiled, with minor tanning of the spine. Edges of the text block are clean and unfoxed, with the topstain unfaded but showing a large moisture mark. A beautiful copy, of an early printing, of this much sought after children's classic. 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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Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A lovely 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. Stated 10th impression on front flap, not price 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, in Near Fine condition. Some tanning or offsetting to the front flap interior from a newsprint article that had been laid inside. The spine also shows some tanning while the front and back panel are only lightly soiled. Almost no edgewear, other than a couple of spots to the spine folds and flap fold areas The boards show no soiling or marking, no shelfwear to note. The text block is clean, with some darkening to the margins. No bumped corners, virtually without major fault. The dustjacket is not price clipped, and has no markings. It shows only the most minor of rubbing, with a very small amount of loss, to the tips of the spine areas and flap folds. A beautiful, bright, clean copy, one of the copies with the light green boards stamped in blue, that are very hard to find. 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 no foxing, no marks, or previous owners names. A highly collectable copy, hard to find in this Near Fine/Very Good Plus condition. 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.
Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin, 1959. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 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, slightly darkened to the spine folds, 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 minor color loss in a couple of spots. The dustjacket colors are bright and unsoiled, with a tiny bit of tanning to the spine. All edges of the text block are clean without any soiling for foxing marks noted. 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.
New York: Ballantine Books, 1978. 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 Gold pictorial 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 few 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. These paperback books are in Very Gook Plus condition, with a slight amount of uniform tanning to the spines a little scrape across the spines of the final two books. All four books appear very gently read, with very light creases to the spines, and a bit of tanning to the textblock. Still fit into the box, not quite as tightly as usual. Same previous owners gift inscription to verso of front cover, no other markings. The slipcase has a bit of rubbing, but no bumped corners. Overall a Near Fine set of books in beautiful condition, with a box that shows some rubbing but no loss of color to the edges. The Hobbit is a 73rd printing from August 1979, The Fellowship is a 68th printing from December 1978, The Two Towers is a 66th printing from Aug 1979, and the Return of the King is a 61st printing from November 1978. 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 one from that period. Very unusual to find a set that has not been damaged after almost 40 years. A great 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.
London: Unwin Hyman, 1990. J.R.R. Tolkien. De Luxe Edition. Buckram. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A beautiful copy of the Unwin Hyman De Luxe Edition of The Hobbit, still has the Allen & Unwin title page. This copy is the 5th impression, published in 1990, of the 1st De Luxe Edition of 1976, with the Tolkien line drawings colorized by H. E. Riddett. This book is also housed in the original publishers slipcase as issued. Bound in black buckram cloth, with elaborate gilt artwork on the front boards of Tolkien's 'Green Dragon" gilt stamped in red, silver & gold. Gilt ruled compartments with Title, Author, and publisher on the spine. An exceptional copy for the collector. No names, writing or faults noted in the book. One small spot on the back cover shown in final photo. Maps are used as the endpapers, as in the original publication. Overall a Near Fine copy of this wonderful book, housed in it's publishers 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, Limited Editions, and odd bits of ephemera are available.
Taipei: Bookcase Shop, Ltd, 1972. J.R.R. Tolkien. Second Edition. Original Cloth. 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, published in February 1972 & November 1977 by the Bookcase Shop Ltd, Taipei. Printed by permission of Allen & Unwin, The Hobbit is the 1st printings of the Second Edition, published in February 1972, The Lord of the Rings are all 1st impressions published in February 1972, while the Silmarillion, also a 1st impression, was published in November 1977. An unusual five volume hardback set, matched in size and format. None are price clipped, but only The Silmarillion has a price on the dustjacket. The top edges of the books are slightly dusty, otherwise a bright set of this classic of fantasy literature. The dustjackets all show rubbing with minor color loss to the top of the spine and edges, remarkably clean and bright colors. The tan colored cloth is clean and the gilt to the spine is clean and bright. Near Fine book in Near Fine dustjacket. The Lord of the Rings set is 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 books are all in Near Fine condition with the dustjackets in Very Good Plus/Near Fine condition. None of the books have any writing, names, or dates, only light offsetting to the white endpapers. The dustjackets show a very small amount of rubbing, and the colors are very crisp and bright, with a slight amount of fading to the bright colors. Dustjackets are not price clipped, and none of the books have a blindstamp to the rear boards. 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. 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, 2001. Ingahild Grathmer and drawn by Eric Fraser. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A complete set of the 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 2001, the 5th impression. The Lord of the Rings is the 6th impression of 2001. The Silmarillion is an 8th impression of 2013. 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.