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TOLKIEN, J. R. R.

The Hobbit

or There and Back Again. Illustrated by the author.

London : 1937 Stock Code: 134336
£10,000.00
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Notes

First colour-illustrated edition, preceded only by the first printing, which was uncoloured. Only 2,300 copies were printed of this edition, of which 423 copies in sheets were destroyed in the bombing of London in 1940. "The coloured versions of the illustrations had been commissioned for their first American edition, and were in the American publisher's hands when Allen & Unwin decided to include them in the second impression. The original art was called back for reproduction in Britain, then returned across the Atlantic" (Hammond & Anderson p. 15). The first edition was published on 21 September 1937 and the first impression of 1,500 copies was sold out by December.

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Description

Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in full green morocco, raised bands to spine, lettered and decorated in gilt, single gilt rule to covers, gilt ruling and decoration to turn-ins, cream moiré doublures and endpapers, edges gilt. With an elaborate onlay to both the front and back covers. Housed in a green quarter morocco solander box by The Chelsea Bindery.

Illustrations

Colour frontispiece, 4 full-page plates from drawings by the author (3 in colour, one monochrome: "Mirkwood"), 8 full-page line drawings.

Condition

The occasional minor blemish, an excellent copy in a fine binding.

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