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1973 Collector’s Hobbit Publisher’s Dummy

Mar 14
2022/3/14 17:51:36 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Picked this up recently. It is a publisher’s dummy/mock-up (or salesman’s copy) of the 1973 US Collector’s Edition Hobbit. The entire book is just blank pages with some variations to the cover, spine, slipcase and end papers as compared to the final published first printing.

I added a few images with the mock-up being in the top and left in the images compared to a 1973 1st printing which is bottom and right.

Additionally, there was a advertising blurb that came with the book (interesting that the original price of $10 was crossed out and $12.50 written in.)

Lance

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Mar 14
2022/3/14 17:55:04 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
That's fantastic! I have not seen one of these before. It is really interesting to see what design choices they were thinking before they settled on the final version.
Mar 14
2022/3/14 17:55:22 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Another great find LanceFormation

Something I've never seen before, I like the marbled endpapers. Shame HMCO decided to ditch those for the actual release.
Mar 14
2022/3/14 18:09:08 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I noticed in the advertising sheet HMCo spelled Tolkien wrong. At least the write-up was consistent through-out.
Mar 14
2022/3/14 18:22:33 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I assume whoever wrote the advertising sheet was not a 'Tolkien' fan.

I assume the changes were made because of cost but they also increased the price.
Mar 14
2022/3/14 18:47:58 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Not seen one of those before - thanks for sharing!
Mar 14
2022/3/14 21:04:27 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
This had been listed on ABE for literally years; I'm really surprised nobody noticed.

Nice to see someone pick it up though.
Mar 14
2022/3/14 21:22:42 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:

This had been listed on ABE for literally years; I'm really surprised nobody noticed.

I suspected it had been up there for a while. I actually saw this listing months ago on ABE and Biblio and reached out to the seller multiple times but received no response. I decided to try again last week and they responded pretty quickly. Could be Covid lockdowns in California played a part…who knows.
Mar 14
2022/3/14 21:40:43 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:

This had been listed on ABE for literally years; I'm really surprised nobody noticed.

Nice to see someone pick it up though.

To be honest, if something isn't newly listed I generally won't notice it on Abe or eBay. I rarely search existing listings and more rely on seeing anything interesting as it pops up (not that I would have bought this - I'm happy to see the pictures and enjoy it from afar!).
Mar 14
2022/3/14 22:19:54 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thanks for the photos LanceFormation.

I too had seen it on ABE and had toyed a couple of times with making an offer on the book but ultimately did not. Great to see all the photos.
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