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    J. R. R. Tolkien. The Hobbit. Or, There and Back Again. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., [1937]. First edition, first impression, with text errors as called for, and first issue dust jacket with "Dodgeson" misspelling to rear flap. Octavo. 310, [2, publisher's ads] pages. Illustrated with ten black-and-white illustrations and illustrated map endpapers in black and red, after Tolkien. Publisher's pictorial mint green cloth stamped in navy blue; original first issue dust jacket. Cocked, corners just bumped, minor edgewear, spine and edges lightly foxed. Endpapers illustrated with maps in black and red (front: Thror's Map; rear: Wilderland); very minor foxing, light pencil notation to rear free endpaper verso. Internally generally clean and tight, all edges trimmed, top edge stained light green; a few gutters overextended, minor foxing chiefly to margins and edges, minor text block edgewear. Dust jacket unclipped (7s 6d); "Dodgeson" misspelling to rear flap with "e" crossed out in black ink, moderate edgewear, chipping to head and foot of spine and corners with losses, 15 x 5 mm open tear to bottom edge of front panel, 30mm closed tear to fold at front flap, 25 mm closed tear to top edge of rear panel, spine sunned, somewhat toned and foxed, colors still bright. Very good book with very good dust jacket.

    No discussion of genre defining titles is truly complete without a mention of Tolkien. The Hobbit truly marks the start of two adventures, a publishing legacy and the journey of a hero whose simple nature, adventures and mishaps, and ultimate return to comfort and home offers something we can all relate too. "If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is the record of such a journey and such a traveler" (from the dust jacket).

    Hammond & Anderson, A3.a. From the Gary Munson Collection

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