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    J. R. R. Tolkien. The Hobbit or There and Back Again. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., [1937]. First edition with "First published in 1937" on the copyright page and all 16 misprints called-for in the Hammond and Anderson bibliography. Octavo. 310, [two-page Overleaf / advertisement, the latter of which lists two Capek titles and one by Huxley] pages. Jacket illustration, both endpapers, frontispiece, and internal illustrations by the author. Publisher's full green cloth with dark blue decorative stamping and titles designed by the author. First state dust jacket with "Dodgson" misspelled as "Dodgeson" on the back flap (the "e" has been blacked out by the publisher). Spine only slightly cocked. Two stray faint pencil or pen marks to front board, the larger of which is not quite an inch long. Mild staining to the board edges. Corners lightly bumped. Small Oxford bookstore sticker to bottom of front pastedown, overlapping onto the cloth with thin strip of discoloration to sticker and evidence that there has been an attempt to remove it at the corner. A few spots to the top textblock edge, including a 1.25 x .25 inch grayish stain; three tiny spots to bottom edge. Dust jacket ever so slightly dust-soiled. Top and bottom of jacket lightly chipped, especially at the spine ends and the flap folds. Substantial splits and paper loss along both flap folds, possibly affected by vermin at some point. A small repair to jacket verso at rear flap. Mild abrading to a few spots on the front panel. Spine somewhat darkened. Inked name to top of front flap. Otherwise, a very good copy with clean and bright pages in the striking and vibrantly colored original and unrestored dust jacket.

    Hammond and Anderson A3 a. Humphrey Carpenter: J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography (2000 edition), page 184.

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