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George Allen & Unwin. Perhaps the most unique offering
to Tolkien book collectors ever: the first 10 impressions of The Hobbit, all
with original matching jackets. (Unused previous impression jackets were sold on the next
impression in some cases. These are matching impression books and jackets). While all ten may
all be together in a private collection, this is the first time we are aware
they have been available for sale as a single lot. It took more than five years
of painstaking effort to collect them all. Another five year search may possible yield
the same copies in some cases, but not at this price as the new films
stimulate demand from a whole new generation of collector. The first edition
alone could cost as much as this whole collection in near fine condition or signed. From time to time the individual
impressions come up for sale with jackets, but even later impressions are now
rare with the original unrestored jackets. None of these jackets have any restoration and remain in the charming original state. It’s not always understood by new collectors the value
is more in the jackets than the book, as the jacket are more scarce due to wear, loss
and handling. Each book and jacket impression is unique; different ads on the flap, prices, impressions and text changes and corrections. The condition of each also makes this a unique collection.
These were children’s books and the jackets suffered wear
and tear even when the books were new, but over the years the paper has become
brittle and delicate with age. Even with gentle handling they suffer further
damage each time with small chips falling off. Some have closed tears, tears to
cover seams or detached and in section in some cases, but this isn’t evident in
the protective mylar. All jackets have
tattering to spine ends, some paper loss, chips and scuffs to varying degree.
Some are better than others as the paper was changed. The early impressions have some paper loss in
particular, but this also makes them more affordable. Most have faded/
darkening to the spine colours. All are good to very good, near fine in a
The books are in very good condition considering they are well
love and read often. Some have slight lean and gift inscriptions, some of the middle
impressions have “ghosting” on the book spine/covers where the white of the image is burned
on the spine/book cover from the sun. All are complete, bindings tight, no
serious stains, marks or damage. These
comprise first and second editions, but are commonly refer to the overall
impression in printing order 1st thru 10th. Up to the 3rd
edition 1966 is considered scarce so there are three more books to complete the
2nd editions. However we stopped at 10 is a nice round number!
These ten books are:
1937 1st Edition/ 1st Impression. 1937
1st/2nd. 1942 1st/3rd. 1946 1st/4th.
1951 2nd Edition/ 1st impression, 5th overall
impression. 1954 2nd/2nd,
6th. 1955 2nd/3rd, 7th. 1956 2nd4th,
8th. 1957 2nd/5th, 9th and finally 1958
2nd/6th, 10 overall impression.
We first started selling Tolkien ten years ago. We
have had early impressions, often series of later impressions, but never all
the first 10 book copies together. I doubt we will ever have them together again. We felt with the 75th anniversary
on September 22nd it was appropriate to offer these as one complete set.
This set appears on the UK History Channel program, Pawn Stars UK, Pawn Stars is one of
the History Channel’s most popular programs. The new UK series was filmed at
Regal Pawn Shop in Chester, UK. Rodney Matthews and his agent Mark Faith
appear on an episode airing September 9th, 9 p.m. Mark Faith, owner
of Festival Art and Books, also appears on a second episode with his rare set
of the first ten Hobbits impressions on Monday, September 23rd. The schedule or a clip of the program on-line
can be found on our website. In addition, Mark Faith recently appeared on an episode of
Channel Four’s Four Rooms program which aired July 26th with a first
edition set of The Lord of the Rings. Watch the episode here if you missed it.
Note, it cannot be viewed on devices outside the UK. Tune in or watch on-line to find out what happens with
these rare books and fantasy art on these popular programs.
Restoration and other fake dust jackets
These dust jacket have NOT been restored or altered in any
way. We do not deal in facsimile or
restored jackets. While a future buyer
may decide to have it restored, we advise against it if they intend to resell
it someday. A book without an original jacket is worth a fraction of one with. A
restored jacket is worth a considerable less, even if the work was very minor. “Restoring”
is nothing more than a deception to make something damaged look artificially new.
It’s a fake and most serious collectors and dedicated fans want an item as
close to its original condition, any warts and all. It adds some value to a jacket-less book if the
restoration is very, very minor, but nothing close to a book with an original
unrestored jacket. Don’t be deceived into buying restored jackets as buyers now
trying to sell their restore jackets now have been. A fake is fake! The rule is simply the closer to the original condition, the better and
more valuable. Adding anything artificial, even if undetectable, seriously
reduces the value to serious collectors. Don’t waste your money with false
economy. Hold out and buy the best you can find!