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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 12th - J.R.R. Tolkien - 1961. 
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1961. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good Plus/Near Fine. J.R.R. Tolkien. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A beautiful copy of an early printing of The Hobbit. The 1961 12th overall printing, or the 8th printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Very Good Plus book in a Near Fine condition original dustjacket designed by Tolkien. This copy is one of the few early Houghton Mifflin copies with the full printing history stated on the verso of the title page. Stated 12th impression on front flap, not priced or clipped, priced in pencil at $3.95 to the dustjacket flap, noted as printed in Great Britain. This dustjacket is clean & bright with a bit of rubbing and a little color loss at the rear upper spine fold area. The book is the light green cloth, slightly darkened spine with some foxing to the cloth on the front and back panels. Shows no shelf wear or bumped corners, edges of the text block are clean and unfoxed. Features the title, dwarves hat, author and publisher stamped on the spine in blue. Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well. Contains the full color frontispiece "The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water", as well as the original line drawings by Tolkien. The maps are in excellent condition, red and black ink still show clear and bright against the unfoxed endpapers. No previous owners names or writing in the book. The folds at the flaps and ends of the spine have the smallest of rubs, but very small loss of color. The jacket shows no soiling in the white sections, except for on the spine where it is slightly darkened. A beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this Near Fine condition. A custom green leather slipcase to house this lovely edition is provided, featuring the Mountains and Dragon design as found on the UK cover. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Very Good Plus / Near Fine.
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