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The Hobbit (Sixth Impression)

by Tolkien, J. R. R

Condition: Very Good +/Fine (Facsimile DW)


Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. Bound in original light green cloth, stamped in dark blue, map endpapers. Some minor soiling to cloth. This is a most acceptable copy of an early reprint (the sixth impression - or the second printing of the second edition). No date on the copyright page, but it is noted that it was printed in Great Britain. The supplied exact facsimile dust jacket with "sixth impression" noted on the front flap) in in perfect condition. The frontispiece is in color "The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the-water,". A really nice early printing of this now classic novel. This was one of 1000 copies that were imported from Allen and Ulwin. 315 pp. . First Edition / Sixth Impression. Hard Cover. Very Good +/Fine (Facsimile DW). 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

The Hobbit tells the famous story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is caught up in the affairs of wizards. His journey through Mirkwood and the climactic confrontation with the dragon Smaug served as the launching point for Tolkien's transformative trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Many of the essential elements of Tolkien's classic saga have their roots in this children's book. The first impression of the first edition ran as a limited printing of 1500 copies, and authentic copies with the dust jacket will include a well known hand correction, in black ink, of a misspelling of the last name of Reverend Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) on the back flap. A first edition, first printing of the original U.K. edition can run over $40,000. Signed copies of this edition have been appraised at over $100,000 U.S. Later printings of the first edition also retain much value for collectors. The first U.S. Edition, printed in 1938 by Houghton Mifflin Company, is prized and is commonly sold to collectors at prices well over $2,000. Chips to the cover, a missing dustcover, wear to the spine, and damage to the map in the endpaper, are some of the more common flaws for this book. The story remains popular, and stands as one of the most enduring (and endearing) stories of the last century. The Hobbit sparked a creative explosion in speculative fiction, a fire that burns brightly to this day. The revival in interest in recent years, in part due to the popularity of the film series inspired by Tolkien's books only shows the timelessness of his story, and the importance of his work.


  • Bookseller: abookshop US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 5004987
  • Title: The Hobbit (Sixth Impression)
  • Author: Tolkien, J. R. R
  • Format/binding:Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good +
  • Jacket condition: Fine (Facsimile DW)
  • Edition: First Edition / Sixth Impression
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Place: Boston
  • Date published: 1954
  • Keywords: Literature
  • Bookseller catalogs: Fantasy;
  • Subjects: FICTION / Fantasy / General;
  • Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall


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On Apr 1 2013, fireflower537 said:
  "This book has one huge major flaw: There are NO female characters. I am guessing all the ladies are in Upper Earth and Lower Earth. "

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