First edition copy of the hobbit

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first edition copy of the hobbit

The Hobbit Facsimile Gift Edition [Lenticular cover] by J.R.R. Tolkien

This sumptuous gift set includes a replica of the very rare first edition of The Hobbit, the only edition where one can now read the original version of the story before Tolkien re-edited it to become the one enjoyed by readers since 1951.


The Hobbit was published on 21 September 1937, with a print run of 1,500 copies. With a beautiful cover design, nearly a dozen black white illustrations and two black red maps by the author himself, the book proved to be popular and was reprinted shortly afterwards. History was already being made.


The scarcity of the first edition has resulted in copies commanding huge prices, way beyond the reach of most Tolkien fans. In addition, subsequent changes to the text – particularly those to chapter 5, when Tolkien decided in 1947 to revise the text to bring it better into accord with events as they were developing in its ‘sequel’, The Lord of the Rings - mean that the opportunity to read the book in its original form and format has become quite difficult.


This special printing reprints the first edition, so that readers of all ages – not just ‘children between the ages of 5 and 9’, as Rayner Unwin famously declared in his report on the original submission – can finally enjoy Tolkien’s story as it originally appeared.
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Published 13.09.2019

21st September 1937: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein is first published

'Rare first edition' copy of 'The Hobbit' sells for big bucks

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The Hobbit by Tolkien, J.R.R. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles A fantastic copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author.
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It was published on 21 September to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children's literature.

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London Seller Rating:. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Tolkien on a typed letter by the author laid into the book.

Tolkien, with facsimile dustjacket - sold Very first edition of the Hobbit, the desire for every serious Tolkien collector. One of only 1, copies printed for the first publication of the author's first novel. Facsimile of the first issue dustjacket. Original green cloth, titles and Tolkien's own 'Mountains and Dragon' design to spine and both boards in blue. Very clean map endpapers, front and rear. The slightly faded green top stain is still evident.

Since we are a rare book firm, what we want to do today is to explain some of the first edition issue points of both of these classic works. The boards are green approximately 7. There are numbered pages and the top page edges are stained green, with the other sides being white. The book itself has no color illustrations, but there are ten black-and-white illustrations, which are listed on the page preceding chapter 1. All of the artwork in the book, including the boards and dust jacket was done by Tolkien himself. Rear end leaves of the first edition of The Hobbit.

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