Lot 118 of 221:
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit First English Edition in jacket  

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The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again

Tolkien, J.R.R.


George Allen & Unwin



310 pp. 10 illustrations by the author, including frontispiece; map endpapers. (8vo) 19x13.5 cm (7½x5¼") original green cloth lettered and pictorially stamped in black, pictorial dust jacket. Custom green morocco and cloth clamshell case, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition.

Rare first printing of Tolkien's first novel of "Middle-Earth" and the captivating tale of its hero Bilbo Baggins. First state dust jacket with hand-correction to the text on the rear flap. One of the most internationally acclaimed works in the fantasy literature genre and one that appears to be eternally popular with readers young and old of any generation. The basis for the acclaimed film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, 2012-2014.

Lot Amendments

Jacket, unclipped and with original price of 7s. 6d. net present, with some overall light wear, a few chips to edges including two small triangles of loss at the top edge of the front panel; spine leaning, endpapers a touch darkend, light foxing to edges of text block; a lovely unrestored copy, very good or better.

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