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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 UK 7th Impression in Original Dustjacket

#001399 - The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 UK 7th Impression in Original Dustjacket - $1,800.00


The title verso has the full printing history up to this 7th impression of 1955, and the original dustjacket is correctly marked the 7th impression

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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Allen & Unwin in 1955.

The book is in Very Good Plus condition. The covers show a bit of fading to the edges and where the white areas of the dustjacket didn't protect from fading as well.

No previous owners names or any other writing noted.

The dustjacket is not price clipped, with the publishers original price to the front and rear flap.

Two months into production of the 7th Impression of the Hobbits, along with the remaining original 7th Impression dustjackets, Allen & Unwin changed the price as found on this true UK 7th impression dustjacket.
The jackets were price clipped -- both front and rear flap -- by Allen & Unwin publishing company itself, with their new price of 12s.6d overprinted below the impression notation on the front flap. So this copy is one of the few found with the original price of 9s 6., very likely one of the first published on this impression.
A bit of tanning to the flap edges and to the white areas of the dustjacket, slightly more so to the spine.

Some edgewear and chips with color loss at the top of the spine, and a smaller amount to the bottom. Tips of the flap folds show some loss, mainly to the top folds. The back of the dustjacket shows quite a bit of foxing, but has not transferred to the cover of the book, or the outside of the dustjacket itself. The original green cloth features dark blue stamping of Tolkien's own design, the beautiful Mountains and Dragon.
The title verso has the full printing history up to this 7th impression of 1955, and the original dustjacket is correctly marked the 7th impression.
Colors are bright and the white areas are soiled, with some darkening of the light areas on the spine. Edges of the text block are clean and unfoxed, with the topstain faded but still evident.

A beautiful copy, of an early printing, of this much sought after children's classic.

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