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Re: Australia's "Biggest Hobbit Fan" celebrates his growing Tolkien collection

Subject: Re: Australia's "Biggest Hobbit Fan" celebrates his growing Tolkien collection
by garm on 2011/6/25 12:09:05

Very nice - thanks, dunedain. I've just got my own copies off the shelf: the books themselves are in lovely condition; the dust-wrappers have done their job in keeping the cloth nice and fresh (esp. the 4th imp.).

The wrappers themselves are both complete; the flaps are good. There are one or two chips, but that's to be expected - the paper feels a little bit brittle. The 4th. imp. has chips at either side of the top of the spine, which don't intrude into the picture of the Lonely Mountain, but there's a chunk out of the bottom of the spine which has taken away all of the 'Allen & Unwin' logo except for the 'Geo' and the 'An' - and the bottom half of the 'n' is missing, too.

The Foyles ed. is a shade lighter than the one in dunedain's pictures, and there's a chip out of the lower right part of the 'Dandified hobbit' picture; just to the right of the 'n' in 'Tolkien'. There's another chip tp the top left of the picture, and some 'nibbling' to both the top and the bottom of the picture.

But I'm making it sound worse than it is; both the dustwrappers are very good for their age, and the colouring of the 4th imp. wrapper is everything I could wish. These are, after all, first editions of The Hobbit; and having dustwrappers - esp. such nice examples as these are - is a wonderful bonus. (none of my other copies have wrappers).