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The Hobbit by  J. R. R Tolkien - First - 1957 - from Fine Book Cellar Limited ABA ILAB PBFA (SKU: 1476183139058)

The Hobbit

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The Hobbit

by Tolkien, J. R. R

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  • hardcover
  • First
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About This Item

Second edition, fifth impression (Allen and Unwin, 1957). Ninth impression overall.

Original green cloth with black lettering and motifs to spine and upper and lower boards with map endpapers and paste-downs. A beautiful, fine and clean copy with only light toning to edges and very slight dustiness to top edge. Boards are completely clean and appear untouched. Internally pristine and free from any marks names or inscriptions.

The original and unclipped dust jacket has one or two very minor and shallow chips and isolated instances of rubbing with a very small tear to top of upper panel fore-edge, near fine otherwise.

A fantastic, near fine example. Rare thus.

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 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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Reviews

On Mar 18 2022, a reader said:
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (but nobody really calls it that anyway), a tale written some time ago by some J. R. R. Tolkien fella, is the story of a Hobbit who indeed goes there... and back again. You see, in the going of there, preceding the coming back again to the place he was before he went there, he came across many an interesting thing in the wild lands to the east (As well as the less wild lands to the west of the East, known to some as the West. There was also some northward travel, but we won't get into that in this review, or the next review for that matter, as the next review will likely have nothing to do with this review, making stories of the northward travels of hobbits of no use, but I digress. Back to the list I was about to list.), such as dwarves, trolls, goblins, a neat ring that most likely will serve no real importance in future adventures by Tolkien, wargs, eagles, a bear dude named Beorn, spiders, elves, some other guys, a dragon, a thrush, some ravens, some rocks, I guess, a wizard, various waters, treasure, glorious gemstone, and some other things that I don't care to recall. Anyway, the story is about Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who does some stuff and goes somewhere (an unusual thing for a Hobbit, apparently, despite the number of books and movies and erotic fanfics based on the adventures of various Hobbits). Most importantly though, the book comes fully equip with two maps! TWO! Not one, not three, but TWO! Of course, I was reading the 70th anniversary edition, bought from www.biblio.com (sign up today!), so the number of maps may vary, depending on whether or not you're reading a library edition that has had numerous pages unceremoniously removed by children. Though, this version has the maps on the back of the front cover and front of the back cover (or would that be the back of the back cover?), making it a lot harder for me/children to rip them from the book to store in my/their stolen map collection. I figure this is enough for a review, so I'll stop rambling now. But I must insist the few of you who haven't read this book stop not having read this book and read this book! I read it and I have a (self-proclaimed) mental disorder (that I take lots and lots of sexy sounding medication for, much of which isn't legal or medication at all).
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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Details

book dealer
Fine Book Cellar Limited ABA ILAB PBFA GB (GB)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
1476183139058
Title
The Hobbit
Author
Tolkien, J. R. R
Book condition
second hand - Fine
Jacket condition
Near Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
George Allen & Unwin
Date Published
1957
Keywords
Tolkien, The Hobbit, First
Bookseller catalogs
Modern First Editions; Books to Film; J.R.R. Tolkien; Fantasy;

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