Category: Children's / Illustrated

THE HOBBIT or There and Back Again Stock code: 11537

Author / Artist:

Tolkien, J. R. R.


First edition, second impression (the first printing with coloured illustrations). Original green cloth with dark blue titles and illustration, in dustwrapper. Housed in a purpose made quarter black morocco solander case. Illustrated by the author with four colour and nine black and white full page plates and double page map illustrations to the front and rear. A superb example, the binding very clean and square. There is a tiny previous owner's name in blue ink to the top edge of the blank front endpaper and very light spotting to the text block edge. Complete with the near fine very lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which is a little spotted to the upper panel and flap edges. There is no loss to the dustwrapper and it has not been price-clipped. An exceptional example in entirely original and unrestored condition.




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. This second impression 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 include the author's four colour plates, initially commissioned for and later published in the American edition. [Hammond A3a.]