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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1946 1st Edition in Dust Jacket, with Custom Clamshell Case

#001366 - The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1946 1st Edition in Dust Jacket, with Custom Clamshell Case - $6,000.00


The Hobbit Fourth impression published 1946, the final publication of the 1st Edition

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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Fourth impression published 1946, the final publication of the 1st Edition.


An exquisite copy, showing no foxing to the maps or pages. The decorative map endpapers are clean & bright in Fine condition.
No previous owner's name or any other writing noted.

Color frontispiece, 8 mono plates, and text block all in Fine condition.
Straight and square, no spine lean, a well-protected copy, very unusual for these early 1st Editions to survive in this condition.
Produced in conformity with the war time standard's, with the distinctive 'War Time Economy Standards' title verso. This copy has its original price clipped dustjacket in Near Fine condition.

Has a 1/4" closed tear at the top front flap fold of the spine, one tiny chip to the top rear flap fold area, two other small closed tears to the bottom edge of the front, all closed tears virtually invisible.
The dustjacket is in archival protector, to help preserve this unrestored and unrepaired original dustjacket.

Pages are clean and bright, no tears or stains.
Still shows the green topstain, crisp and clean. No shelf wear to the edges of the boards, no bumped corners.
The original decorative green cloth, is unsoiled without any fading to the spine area.

A beautiful collectable copy.
Uncommon in this Excellent condition.

Custom slipcase with Dark Green Faux leather, gilt stamped to reflect the original 'Mountains and Dragon' design by the author

Digital photo's available, inquire if interested.

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