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New Canaan, Connecticut, US
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Category: Books & Magazines:Antiquarian & Collectible
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Condition: George Allen & Unwin, London, 1937...First Edition, Second Impression, 1937 A near fine very clean unrestored copy.
THE HOBBITFIRST EDITION, SECOND PRINTING, 1937J.R.R. TOLKIENPLEASE VIEW OUR EBAY STORE WHICH IS NEATLY ORGANIZED FOR A GREAT BROWSING EXPERIENCE! George Allen & Unwin, London, 1937First Edition, Second Impression, 1937 A near fine very clean unrestored copy.The first printing of The Hobbit was issued on 21st September 1937 with a print run of only 1500 copies. The book was an immediate success and sold out within months. The second impression (of which this copy is one), was printed in December the same year in an edition of 2300 copies (423 of which were destroyed at the warehouse of the binder, Key and Whiting, in the bombing of London on November 7th 1940) and was the first printing to convert four of the author’s black and white illustration plates to color. These were initially commissioned for and later published in the American edition. [Hammond A3a.] We had only spotted one other second printings, one with a complete original jacket, listed for $58,000.00 (since sold); and then an inferior third printing withOUT a dust jacket listed for $12,500. Today first/firsts are selling for $140,000 and up in an original jacket.This unrestored book is in near fine/very good plus condition for the Second Impression. The boards are without the common fraying or brittleness. Instead the cloth is all present, and in supple condition, overall clean with spots of toning/aging. The book has sharp corners, one lightly pushed, and a square tight binding. The original end papers are present and clean and bright, however the verso/blank side of the front fly leaf has a darkly scripted owner name and address, which can be slightly seen through to the end papers. Otherwise the book is in beautiful clean condition with no bookplates, no handling marks, no stains, no bent pages, and only very delicate faded small dots of intermittent soft foxing. A remarkably clean book in excellent collectible condition. Lacking the dust jacket. Please see all the images.A superb first edition, second printing in very clean condition.This book is part of a collection. Please see our stores for other rare book listings.Please note the cost to ship includes full insurance. Insurance is calculated at the USPS rate of $1.00 per $100 of value and will show up as a handling fee on your invoice but is only the cost to ensure your book in transit.
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