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A question and and a favor... [US Hobbit publishing Hx]
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First my question:

What is the name of the standard artwork on the hobbit cover?

This one:

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Now my favor. Im working to try and flesh out the publishing history of later printings of the Hobbit from Houghton Mifflin and I have some gaps in the information I could find.

If you have any of the following printings of the Houghton Mifflin hardcover hobbit:

36
40
41
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53

Could you please report here on:

- Stated Price
- Color of boards
- Color of printing on boards
- Brief description of text on inside front flap
- Brief description of text on inside back flap
- Most recent copyright date on copyright page
- Does the copyright page reference any UK editions?
- What is the full numberline (if any)
- If you bought it new, do you remember what year it was?
- Are there any owner inscribed dates written in the book?

This would be extremely helpful to me. Any pictures would be great.

When Im done I'll report back here with a summary of my data.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Posted on: 2013/4/24 11:24

Edited by Khaml on 2013/4/24 13:51:05


Re: A question and and a favor...
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Qweniden wrote:
First my question:

What is the name of the standard artwork on the hobbit cover?



There is not a name for this artwork, Tolkien did the artwork himself before the 1st UK printing in 1937 and he is also designed the bindings of the book.

If you are interested in seeing how he did it, then look at Findegil's definitive reference book on the subject "The Art of the Hobbit", and if you don't already have a copy, then you should remedy this as soon as possible.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Hobbit-J-R-Tolkien/dp/0007440812

I had the pleasure of looking at the original final copy of the dust-wrapper from the Professor last month and it is fantastic, made my day

Posted on: 2013/4/24 11:55


Re: A question and and a favor...
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> Tolkien did the artwork himself before the 1st UK printing in 1937 and he is also designed the bindings of the book.

Thanks. I knew that he did the artwork, I was just curious if it had a name similar the "wilderland map" for example.

>If you are interested in seeing how he did it, then look at Findegil's definitive reference book on the subject "The Art of the Hobbit", and if you don't already have a copy, then you should remedy this as soon as possible.

I bought a copy as soon as it came out but I have not had a chance to read it yet. I will make a point of doing so in the very near future.

>I had the pleasure of looking at the original final copy of the dust-wrapper from the Professor last month and it is fantastic, made my day

Jealous!

Thank you for the response.

Posted on: 2013/4/24 12:34


Re: A question and and a favor...
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Don't have any US editions myself, but look forward to hearing what you find out. Hopefully you get the information you're after from members in due course.

BH

Posted on: 2013/4/24 12:48
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Re: A question and and a favor...
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Sorry I can't help with US Hobbits, may soon ask some questions about UK 3rd Editions myself, but at this point (3rd Editions) they are separated, HMCO and GA&U are printing, binding and getting Dust-Jackets independently.

Posted on: 2013/4/25 11:53



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