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Extant copies of Longman's Pleasure in Reading Hobbit

Feb 3, 2016 (edited)

Trotter and myself were discussing estimates of how many copies of the 1968 and 1970 "Pleasure in Reading" Hobbit remain, given that they come up for sale so infrequently. I have suspicion that there might be slightly fewer second impressions than firsts. It appears from this small sample that the number of first and seconds is broadly similar.

http://tolkienbooks.net/php/details.php?reference=21450

If you have a copy or know of a copy, please chime in here.

Known copies:

1st Impression (Copy 1) - Trotter
1st Impression (Copy 2) - Trotter
1st Impression - Wellinghall (Since donated to TS)
1st Impression (?) - Peter Kenny
1st Impression - Person who supplied image for tolkienbooks.net

2nd Impression - Stu
2nd Impression - Henk Brassien ("Hobbit Hunter")
2nd Impression - Deagol
2nd Impression - Remy
2nd Impression - Garm
2nd Impression - Berelach

Impression Unknown - Sold on eBay 2014/2015
Feb 3, 2016
Have 2nd Impression
Feb 3, 2016

remy wrote:
Have 2nd Impression

Ta. List updated. Hoping to see if there are more of one impression versus the other out there. Gut feel is that the second may be less common.
Feb 3, 2016
I too have a 2nd imp; 1970.
Feb 3, 2016
Mine is a second too.
Feb 3, 2016

Deagol wrote:
Mine is a second too.

Is the picture on your website of your copy or of another one? If it is your copy, then there are two states of the second impression (one with the illustration several mm further to the right. I had assumed that this was a difference between 1st and 2nd, but maybe not?)
Feb 3, 2016
The website image is a donation.
It is a first printing.
The owner is not on your list.
Feb 3, 2016

Deagol wrote:
The website image is a donation.
It is a first printing.
The owner is not on your list.

Ahh, cool. That means I only have one more copy to collect, not two :)
Feb 6, 2016
For completeness, I donated mine to the Tolkien Society a couple of years ago.

- wellinghall
Nov 26
Could acquire this nice set for 20€

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Nov 26

Laurin666 wrote:
Could acquire this nice set for 20€

The PIRs are uncommon enough that even a rough copy is worth having, assuming a reasonably low price. The HoL version I tend to think is worthless unless in reasonable nick. They don't seem to be especially uncommon, especially the first prints.
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