Rare Book of the Day: The Hobbit (first American ed.)

The Hobbit--rare edition

The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

While I’m waiting for The Hobbit movie adaptation (slated for release in 2012), I’ll save up my pennies for this gem. As described:

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1938. First American edition, third state, in a new, facsimile first edition dust jacket. Hardcover, size: octavo. Buff cloth with light blue titles; red stamped hobbit vignette on front board; red hood vignette on spine. Red maps on front and rear endpapers. Publisher’s flautist device and “1938” on title page. 310 pages, with Chapter VII correctly labeled in text. 4 full-page color illustrations, including frontis. 9 b&w illustrations.

$900.00 USD. Offered for sale by Baumgartner Books.

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