Allen & Unwin, 2nd printing, 1937 same year as 1st, with color illustrations by Tolkien himself. Please note, our two Hobbit first editions are the only two on the market with NO restoration and have been for many months now! It is listed on other sites and could sell at any time. Original dust jacket bright colors, no restoration or repairs, complete with only minor wear and tear to edges and corners, with minor paper loss in places, as shown. Correct dust jacket stating 2nd impression.Book (and jacket) has light foxing in places, minor foxing spots to cloth front cover, but clean overall, with tight binding. One page, as shown, the page corner has folded over creating a crumple which has attracted foxing. A lovely copy overall , the best I've seen which I can say as a 20 Tolkien book dealing specialist. Now extremely rare in such nice, original condition. With the success of the first printing, the publishers decided to incur the costs of printing some color illustrations and higher quality in the second impression/printing. Tolkien re-produced himself upgrading from the original black and white version. You can see subtle changes between the BxW and color as well as Tolkien's initial sign which appears on all his color works. Unknown to many, is the 2nd impression is slightly taller book and dust jacket than all the rest where later printings and impression also seem to be of poorer quality paper. The text of the first editions was changed in the second edition to align with the story of The Lord of the Rings, soon to be published. Chapter 5 in particular was changed as were the end maps. Goblins became Orcs as an example. These first editions Hobbits have the original text, illustrations and maps.
Feel free to ask questions about collecting Tolkien books, we are here to help! No question is too silly. We have been a specialist dealer in Tolkien for 20 years! Tolkien, The Hobbit, 1937, 1st Edition, 2nd with Fine Original Jacket" is in sale since Saturday, January 23, 2021. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable".
The seller is "dogfark" and is located in Machynlleth. This item can be shipped worldwide.