Hobbit, There and Back Again by J.R.R Tolkien
has sold more than 100 million copies and been translated into 50 different
languages. A rare signed first edition copy sold for £60,000 in 2008. Recently the
Hobbit movie has also helped generate more interest and with the 80th
Anniversary due in 2017 ‘The Hobbit’ book should offer a worthwhile investment.
books have become so popular that the Tolkien Society, are still dedicated to
the cause with an excellent wealth of knowledge and information.
UK Allen & Unwin. The Hobbit was first released in 1937 and limited to 1500
copies. By December 1937 these quickly sold out.
UK Allen & Unwin, a further 1877 second impression copies became available.
1st/ 3rd UK Allen & Unwin, 1500 third impression
details of this can be found from the Tolkien Library.
This 1st Edition / 3rd Impression book
is in excellent condition considering it is 72 years old. I am not sure if it has
even been read as when opening the book the pages and spine do not appear to
have been stretched. If it has been used then the reader must have been very
careful. There is also not much in the way of discolouration apart from age which
would suggest that this book was kept in a safe place away from light.
Original having undergone no restoration
There is still a natural springiness in the
There is no ink inscriptions or previous owner
marks inside the book
All pages are intact with no tears, marks or
No smudges or ink stains
There is no foxing/spotting/tanning marks
Spine is not damaged and the binding is tight
To be picky the hardback corners are ever so
slightly curved and there is no dust jacket
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The book I have for sale was produced by Allen & Unwin
whom were the original printers of the very first copy. What makes this copy unique is its good condition
considering that of the original numbers printed there cannot be that many
surviving. Quite often children’s books were given as presents so to find one
without any writing or marks or damage is rare. First edition copy prices have
rocketed over the years and now first edition, 2nd and 3rd
impression copies are also becoming more collectable where £60K -100K for a
first edition copy are a little out of reach!
Editions of the ‘The Hobbit’ books were also changed by the
Author to try to bring the story in line with the characters being introduced
in Lord of the Rings, making each impression collectable and rare in its own
J.R.R Tolkien, ‘The Hobbit There and Back Again’ First
edition, third impression book. Rare to
find in such exceptional condition for a 72 year old book this is sure to be a unique
This book is for sale on Ebay only at a 'Buy It Now' price and I will consider sensible 'Offers'.
I can deliver the book worldwide - please request a quote based on your offer price and I will provide a quote.
Telegraph 20 Sep 2012: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/9555838/The-Hobbit-What-has-made-the-book-such-an-enduring-success.html
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