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Re: 1955 Hobbit Question
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I have checked back on my notes used to compile the Hobbit article.
The 2000 jackets mentioned were Houghton Mifflin not Allen & Unwin - I have amended the wording to clarify.
The 8th impression A&U jackets were delivered to the binder at the same time that the last 1000 copies of the 7th impression were being bound, so it would appear they were used instead of the correct 7th impression jackets. They were supposed to be price-clipped and overprinted with a new price of 12s.6d.

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I think you got quite a good deal for that Hobbit.

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My 7th impression does have a 7th impression dust-jacket, but I have seen quite a few copies like yours that are in the 8th impression dust-jacket, and some also have a higher price 12s6d, so quite a few original states for the dust-jackets exist.

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So I recently bought this 1955 Hobbit on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Hobbit-7t ... 53D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc.
(Seemed like a decent price.)

I had a question about the dust jacket.

It is a 7th impression book with an 8th impression jacket.

Tolkienbooks states, "Jackets printed by J. Howell*

* 2,860 Allen & Unwin jackets were printed. The Houghton Mifflin jackets were printed late in August as they were not ordered with the folded and collated copies. Over 2,000 were printed, with half being held over for the next impression of the book."

So if I'm understanding this footnote correctly, this is one of the copies that was "held over for the next impression of the book."

Thanks in advance for the clarification.

Josh

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Trotter wrote:

Gastone Taffetani wrote:
Thanks for the link Trotter. Now it's clear the concept of "price-clipped". ;)

About the dust jacket you also know why is fairly common to find non matching books and dust jacket?

Thanks a lot for your help.

Anyway I will keep those books in my little collection.


Out of interest are your copies price-clipped?

As regards impression numbers on the dust-jackets, Tolkien's publisher GA&U would use up any printed dust-jackets that they had available, did not care that the impression number may be different to the impression in the book.

I have wondered for a long time, why they sometimes printed the impression number on the dust-jackets at all?


FR and TT are price clipped, ROTK is not.

This thing about not matching dust jacket it's very strange, as you said it's not difficult print books and dust jacket at the same time.

You have some precious books?

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