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Seller: labb1279
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The HobbitTOLKIEN, J.R.R. Publisher: George Allen & Unwin LtdLocation: London, EnglandDate: 1937 / 1956Binding: Octavo, original full bound green cloth with dark blue stamped lettering.Edition: FIRST EDITIONPrinting: 8th Printing Description:First Edition, First State Eighth Impression from 1956 (or 4th Printing of the Second Edition) of J.R.R. Tolkien's, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. Shortly into the production of the 7th Impression, publisher George Allen & Unwin increased the price to 12s. 6d. net, presumably as a result of burgeoning demand following the newly released 'Lord of The Rings'. The publisher clipped the remaining Seventh Impression Dust Jackets and overprinted their new price. Thus, this is an 8th Impression with the publisher's adjusted 7th Impression original Dust Jacket, as issued. A tremendously rare early example. When Tolkien's revolutionary 'The Hobbit' arrived on bookshelves in 1937, it redefined fantasy and introduced the genre to a new audience. Some consider it to have been the Harry Potter of the time. With the success of the first printing, the publishers decided to incur the costs of printing color illustrations in the second printing which Tolkien produced himself. The text of the first edition was also changed by the second edition to align with the story of The Lord of the Rings, soon to be published. The popularity was so great that his publisher requested a new series and thus The Lord of the Rings came about. Condition:Binding tight with moderate slant. Original full-bound green cloth boards present unmarked and clean but for age-toning to edges extending across and throughout spine. Heavier toning along rear hinge extending about one-inch toward center of rear board. Extremely light rubbing to corners with little to no wear to hinges, corners and creases. Internally clean, bright and unmarked with crisp text. Dust Jacket presents well. Toning to front and rear panels. Chipping to corners with a bit of loss. Heavier chipping and open tears to head and foot of spine with more considerable loss, backed by reproduction for presentation purposes. Edges mostly clean with some light wear and a small mostly closed tear to top front. Light wear to creases and hinges. Toning to spine and flap edges with light fold to front top right flap corner. Original Price of 12s. 6d. net Not Clipped. "SEVENTH IMPRESSION" stated on front flap. Shortly into the production of the 7th Impression, publisher George Allen & Unwin increased the price to 12s. 6d. net, presumably as a result of burgeoning demand following the newly released 'Lord of The Rings'. The publisher clipped the remaining Seventh Impression Dust Jackets and overprinted their new price. Thus, this is an 8th Impression with the publisher's adjusted 7th Impression original Dust Jacket, as issued. A nice early example. 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