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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 2nd Impression UK 1st Edition, with Clamshell Case

#000970 - The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 2nd Impression UK 1st Edition, with Clamshell Case - sold


One of only 1877 copies of the original 2300 that survived the bombing of London in November 1940.

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The Hobbit or There and Back Again. Published by Allen & Unwin, a UK 1st Edition, 2nd impression was published in 1937, the same year as the original 1st impression.


The exterior of this copy is lightly soiled, whereas the interior is very clean and bright, with no foxing or faults whatsoever. Decorative map endpapers are in excellent condition, clean and bright with small previous owners name on top ffep margin. Has the 4 color and 9 mono plates all in Near Fine condition, no tears, no foxing, no faults. The second impression is important for the addition of the 4 color illustrations by the author. This is the 1st and only early UK Editions that was published with four of Tolkien's color illustrations. One of only 1877 copies of the original 2300 that survived the bombing of London in November 1940. This copy shows light soiling to the covers, with a small repair to a 1/4" area of fraying and/or loss at the bottom of the spine. The repair was made with remnants from another 2nd imp UK Hobbit that was rebound. The exterior also has a minor bump to the front lower corner. Some light shelfwear, but in very good plus condition overall. The text block is clean and bright, binding still tight. Has absolutely no foxing, soiling, or markings in the text block. Features Tolkien's original 'Mountains and Dragon' design stamped in blue on the boards and spine.

A beautiful copy, furnished with a facsimile of the original 2nd impression UK Dustjacket.

This copy is housed in a beautiful Quarter Leather and Marbled Paper Clamshell Case with a gilt stamped Leather Spine that features the 'Mountains', Title, Author, JRRT Monogram, Publisher and date published.

A beautiful presentation to house and protect this highly collectable copy, of this timeless classic.


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