Jrr Tolkien - The Hobbit - 1937 - First Edition - First Issue - Original Cloth For Sale
For sale is an extremely scarce 1st issue/first edition of The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George, Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. 310p.p., plus the publisher’s double-sided advertisement leaf to the rear. 'Thror's' map to thefront and the map of the 'Wilderlands' to the rear. Illustrated throughout with Tolkien's own drawings.
Bound in the publisher’s original green cloth with pictorial decoration by the author. Externally largely bright. Toned to the spine and edges, and with a tiny amount of chipping to the head of the spine. A small stain to the lower-corner of the upper board, this does not penetrate through to the text. The spine tight and unrolled, and the gutters and hinges very firm indeed. Internally it bears a charming contemporaneous gift inscription to the halftitle, and this reads as follows: Dec 27th, 1937. Cinders Potter aetas “Die natali duodecima (. The Rev. E. Lampe. M.A. c/c), from “Cap” W. Okehampton. Love from Mrs W, “Dusty” W, Elizabeth & George “Pozase”. The textblock and maps remain very bright, with only the lightest toning to the far-edge of some pages.
Overall, a very rare opportunity to own this cornerstone of C20th literature – one of only 1500 of the first issue printed. Refreshingly original and complete.
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