Some number of these were damage in a warehouse fire during the WWII. So few were seen with dust jackets it was thought they were printed without. Arguably more scarce than a 1st/1st. These were cheaply printed, especially the dust jacket.
Few survive in any condition, even if looked after. Book is near fine, remarkable so. Printed on wartime paper so the dust jacket appears over-sized. Slight scuffing to cloth corners is the only flaw.Complete, original dust jacket, no restoration, but worse for wear. Various sections and small pieces have been held together with removable acid free archive tape so that it presents well overall as seen in the photo. Few first edition of any printing have come on the market in the least two years.
See all our Hobbits listed. The first edition Hobbits have the original text which was altered for the second edition 1954 to bring it in-line with the soon to be released The Lord of the Rings in order to aligned the two stories. Chapter 5 in particular was changed as was various names, use of words etc. Professor Tolkien continue to make changes and improvements to bother books with each printing, even into the 2nd and 3rd printings of both he refined the text. We have shown the reverse of the dust jacket which shows the extent of the damage.
Previous owner/s had use normal tape strips in which the acid caused discoloration to the paper in places. The spine of the dust jacket was already darkened from exposure. The old tape was removed and replaced with clear archival tape. Some small pieces of the jacket were lost.
The benefit of archival tape is it van be removed much easier. With most of the original jacket present, this example would make a good candidate for repair/restoration. We have been a professional dealer for over 20 years. All our photos are the actual item! This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable".The seller is "dogfark" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.