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281256006201
Seller: devider (422)
100.0% positive
Los Angeles, California, US
Completed
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Ended Feb 5, 2014 6:03:49 PM
Category: Books:Antiquarian & Collectible
$455.00
[14 Bids]
Buyer: s***3 (376)
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Up for auction is my most unusual Tolkien item as I have never seen another one for auction or sale! This is a FIRST AMERICAN EDITION (Houghton Mifflin Company), THIRD OR FOURTH STATE/IMPRESSION of J.R.R. Tolkien's original classic, "THE HOBBIT" published in 1938. What is so unusual about this item is that it was rebound specifically for libraries (see picture) but is clearly a first edition copy. I have not been able to find much info about these library rebinds, and I've not seen any others, but there is some info on wikipedia though it's inconclusive: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_American_editions_of_The_Hobbit. I know that it is either the third or fourth impression/state because Chapter VII is correct. If you're a Tolkien collector, don't let this one go by -- I've been collecting for well over 15 years and I've never seen one of these except this one, and I've shown it to several major Tolkien collectors and they also had not seen one like this. For that reason, I had a slipcase custom made to keep it in the best condition possible! I have tried to display the condition of this extremely rare collectible book as well as the elements necessary to prove that this is the third or fourth state of this first edition (Chapter VII is correct). If you require any further pictures, please don't hesitate to contact me. With the second installment of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" making record box-office, with the third and final movie coming later this year, these collectibles are bound to get more and more valuable. Disclaimer: This is my personal copy - I am not a book dealer, so I do not offer warranties. Please examine the pictures carefully and ask any questions beforehand, as I will only accept returns if the book is not substantially as pictured. I am offering this super-hard-to-find book with NO RESERVE. I will very carefully package and ship this item FREE worldwide (using eBay global shipping). Please see my feedback and bid with confidence. Finally, I'm selling a couple of other old, rare copies of "THE HOBBIT" so check them out! GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY BIDDING!!On Feb-03-14 at 15:03:26 PST, seller added the following information: I just want to say how honored I feel that the king of Tolkien collectors/sellers on eBay, bar none, Alan-53, is bidding on my book!!! If he's bidding on it, you know there must not be many of these out there and available!!
Submitted by: Urulöké (via eBay)