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1958, 10th UK The Hobbit with original dust jacket in fine condition #CLP0048 - 1958, 10th UK The Hobbit with original dust jacket in fine condition - 650,-

The Hobbit, one of 1000 copies of the 1958 UK 10th Impression book with a 9th Impression Jacket, which would make this even more scarce than the 3,500 copies of the10th Impression books in the 10th Impression Jackets.


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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Published by Allen & Unwin in 1958.
A beautiful copy of a very collectable book.

The book is in Very Good Plus condition, with virtually no fault at all. Just some minor browning to the bottom of the spine that probabaly was exposed to the light. No foxing to be found in the textblock or on the edges. No previous owner's name or any other writing in the book.
The books cover is clean, bright, with the tiny bit of browning to the spine top edge.
No bumps or bruises to the corners, with a light bit of pushing to the spine ends, but no wear or fraying whatsoever.

The map endpapers are clean and bright, unmarked. The boards are the original green cloth with dark blue stamping of Tolkien's own Mountains and Dragon design, with no bumped corner, and no fading of the bright green covers.

The title verso has the full printing history up to this tenth impression of 1958.
The original dustjacket is marked 9th impression, but appears to be the original as both book and dustjacket are remarkably well preserved.

In 1957 (Ninth Impression book) Houghton Mifflin ordered a number of sheet sets to be imported from A&U for the US 1957 Ninth Printing, however after A&U had already printed the full run, HM backed out of part of the order due to import costs and reduced their order by 1,000 sheet sets. So A&U assumed they would have 1,000 more UK books than originally planned and as such they had Jackets produced for this overrun. Subsequently, HM changed their mind again and took the 1,000 sheet sets they had canceled, thus leaving A&U with 1,000 extra Ninth Impression Jackets. They simply used those extra jackets on the 1958 Tenth Impression Books. So there should be 1000 copies of the 1958 UK Tenth Impression book with a Ninth Impression Jacket, which would make this even more scarce than the 3,500 copies of the Tenth Impression books in the Tenth Impression Jackets.

The dustjacket is not price clipped and in Good Plus condition, with a small amount of rubbing to the edges, and resultant loss at the tips of the folds, and some minor tears and rubbing to the edges. But overal an amazing copy!

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

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