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J.R.R. Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien - The Hobbit - 1937 UK FIRST EDITION (2nd impression) HB
george allen and unwin. J. R. R. Tolkien - The Hobbit - 1937 UK FIRST EDITION (2nd impression) HB. This includes the original dust-cover. This is a 'second impression' of the first edition, published in 1937. It includes colour and black and white illustrations by Tolkien. 'George Allen and Unwin, 1937. First Edition, second impression 1937 - By December 15 of 1937, the first printing was sold out and a second impression was quickly prepared, the Second Impression of the first UK edition. Originally there were 2,300 copies which were marked "Second Impression 1937" (although it was actually published in January 1938). But during the bombing of London in 1940, 423 unbound copies were destroyed by a fire at the bindery of Key &Whiting (leaving us only 1877 copies, just 300 more the the first impression). This second printing converted four plates to color. The line drawing of the Hill: Hobbiton Across the Water (p4) was replaced by a color frontispiece of The Hill: Hobbiton Across the Water. Three other color plates were added: The Fair Valley of Rivendell facing page 59, Bilbo Comes to the Huts of the Raft Elves, facing page 192, and Conversation with Smaug, facing page 228. The second impression is the only UK 1st edition published with 4 color and 9 mono plate illustrations; making it very easy to recognise.' The condition is good - there is wear to the dust-cover and general wear you'd expect considering the age of the book. There is a small rare bookseller label that covers a tiny section of map at the front that I daren't remove (see pictures above). There is a message … [Click Below for Full Description]
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