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The Hobbit (Sixth Impression)

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The Hobbit (Sixth Impression)

by Tolkien, J. R. R

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  • Hardcover
  • First
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Very Good +/Fine (Facsimile DW)
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About This Item

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.

Synopsis

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.

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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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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 of Publication
Boston
Date published
1954
Keywords
Literature
Bookseller catalogs
Fantasy;
Size
12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall

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