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Black and white cover of early american hobbit?
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I was reading the "Early American editions of The Hobbit" article on wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_American_editions_of_The_Hobbit) and was struck by this sentence regarding library editions:

Examples have been found with the maps as free leaves, rather than pasted down. Invariably these have been a library edition. Most of those seen have been bound in orange cloth. The front cover mimics the first edition dust jacket, silk-screened in black.


Do they mean that it is this cover: Open in new window


But in black and white? If so, does anyone have an image of it they could share?

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Re: Black and white cover of early american hobbit?
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I have to say that I am not sure of the answer to this, most US Hobbit's, that are library copies, that I have seen have been rebound with a recreation of the original binding, usually with the bowing Hobbit on them.

I have never seen one with the US first edition dust-jacket?

Very interesting question and would love to learn more

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Seller: jisaias0308 (495)
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I have seen a number of copies that are either the same as this one currently on eBay, or at least very similar. Wayne could probably tell you if they were actually bound with this cover originally, or if they are a library binding that was done later.

ebay: eBay Item #272303562819

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Posted on: 2/3 13:24:46


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Just made me look at the Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_American_editions_of_The_Hobbit, which was quoted in the eBay sale.

"Some consider the first American edition of The Hobbit to be the most beautifully designed of any edition. Houghton Mifflin chose to print it in a larger size and on heavier stock than Allen & Unwin's first edition, and they chose to include four color plates of Tolkien's original artwork."

Did anyone really think this, or is it a bit of Wikipedia nonsense?

The UK first edition, second impression gets my vote on being a better edition, because of the damage done to Tolkien's illustrations by Houghton Mifflin in the US Hobbit first edition.

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Hi Trotter,

IMO its awfully hard to be better than the UK 1st or 2nd impressions. But, I do like the larger size of the US. Made for more comfortable reading, to me. Of course the Rivendell illustration is a negative, and lacking the 'Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft Elves' a second (big) negative, but one positive is 'Bilbo awoke with the early Sun in his eyes'. Probably doesn't make up for the others, but at least a little positive. Heavier paper stock, could go either way, and I'm not a huge fan of the all red maps. So the size is only the real positive for me versus the other negatives.

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