|#000353 - 1942 Book Club Hobbit with Original Dustjacket - SOLD
One of 3000 copies of the 1942, 1st Edition 3rd impression, printed for the Children's Book Club of the bookseller Foyles, from the Allen & Unwin plates.
|One of 3000 copies of the 1942, 1st Edition 3rd impression, printed for the Children's Book Club of the bookseller Foyles, from the Allen & Unwin plates.
Bound in yellow, gilt-stamped cloth over boards, with a dust-jacket (which Tolkien thought hideous) in orange and white, featuring a cartoon of a dandified hobbit smoking a pipe. Tolkien commented, "Surely the paper wasted on that hideous dust-cover could have been better used."
A scarce and desirable copy for the collector.
The book is in wonderful collectable condition.
The boards are a bright yellow with the slightest discoloration to the top and bottom edge of the boards. The gilt on the spine is still bright and shiny, no tarnishing whatsoever. Minimal bumping or warping to the very thin boards as issued.
Previous owners name and date to the front endpaper, alone with his bookplate.
No foxing or offsetting to any pages, all bright and clean.
Features the "Book Production War Economy Standards" title verso, 'This Edition published 1942 by arrangement with George Allen & Unwin'.
The dustjacket is in Very Good Plus condition. The orange color is still bright and strong, without fading or discoloration. Moderately soiled, most noticeable to the white of the back of the dustjacket. Unclipped, with some loss to the top of rear panel, approximately 10 mm x 35 mm (3/8" x 1 1/2"). The dustjacket also has some rubbing and cracking to the corners of the folds of the flap, and spines folds, but very little loss.
Has had no restoration or repairs.
A beautiful original copy of a very scarce book, housed in custom slipcase to protect and show off the book.
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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