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The Hobbit or There and Back Again - TOLKIEN, J. R. R - 1937. 
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1937 - Octavo. Original green cloth, spine and covers blocked in dark blue, top edge green, map endpapers printed in black and red. With the dust jacket. Jacket spine lightly toned, light scuff to top corner of front panel, a few minor nicks and chips, binding spine rolled, a few pale brown marks to covers. A very good copy in a remarkably well-preserved dust jacket. Colour frontispiece, 4 full-page plates from drawings by the author (3 in colour, one monochrome: "Mirkwood"), 8 full-page line drawings. First edition, second impression, but the first to include coloured versions of four of Tolkiien's illustrations. "The second impression consisted of 2,300 copies printed in December? 1937. [although] 423 copies in sheets in the warehouse of the binder Key & Whiting were destroyed in the bombing of London on 7 November 1940. [The coloured versions of the illustrations] had been commissioned for their first American edition, and were in the American publisher's hands when Allen & Unwin decided to include them in the second impression. The original art was called back for reproduction in Britain, then returned across the Atlantic" (Hammond & Anderson p. 15). The first edition was published on 21 September 1937 and the first impression of 1,500 copies was sold out by December. A lovely copy. Hammond & Anderson A3b.
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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