London: Allen & Unwin, 1942. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition. Full-Leather. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen & Unwin, the Third impression of 1942. Fully rebound, with matching clamshell case, in Black Moroccan Leather. Decorative map endpapers lifted and reused as endpapers, with the original cloth spine bound in the rear. Color frontispiece and mono plates all in excellent condition. Produced in conformity with the war time standard's, with the distinctive 'War Time Economy Standards' title verso. This copy has been elegantly rebound in full Black Moroccan leather. Features Tolkien's orignal 'Mountains and Dragon' design gilt stamped on the boards and spine. Has no other writing or inscriptions. Pages are clean and bright, no tears or stains. All edges have been trimmed and gilded, with silk ribbon marker sewn in. Features a full black leather, drop spine box, with the leather, gilt stamped with the same 'Mountains and Dragon' design as the book. A beautiful collectable copy. 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.
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1968. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Autographed, 2 page (front & back) hand written letter and envelope to Ingrid Pridgeon, on his 'Professor J.R.R. Tolkien' letterhead, with Sandfield Road, Headington, Oxford address crossed out and 'c/o Messers Geo. Allen and Unwin, 40 Museum St. Condon WC 1, typed in. "Dear Ingrid, Thank you very much for your letter. I am sorry that I cannot answer it more fully.; I am having rather a bad time. I have left Oxford, and in the middle of a move I fell downstairs and damaged my right leg so badly that it is in plaster from toe to hip, and I am on crutches. That makes everythig very difficult. Crutches also make one's hands v. tired, and writing is laborious (and wobbly). pg 2. I notice Spire Hollin : very shire-like. hollin is (northern, for of holly: used in Book I of L.R.: I lived for a while in Leeds in a Hollin Lane. I am v. glad to know that you liked and enjoyed my books. I hope soon, when the mess of moving (my books and papers are still piled in boxs) is past, and I am recovered to get on with more books. Yours Sincerely J.R.R. Tolkien. The address (to my publishers) will always find me. I have a secretary there." Envelope hand addressed and canceled from Bournemouth-Poole in 1968 and addressed to: Miss Ingrid Pridgeon, 15 Spire Hollin, Glossop Derbyshire Housed in a Custom Terra Cotta Leather Binder lined with beautiful handmarbled papers by Joan Ajala of Australia. Features two mylar folders to hold the letter and envelope for easy viewing. 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.