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THE HOBBIT OR THERE & BACK AGAIN

THE HOBBIT OR THERE & BACK AGAIN

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THE HOBBIT OR THERE & BACK AGAIN

by J. R. R. TOLKIEN

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GEORGE ALLEN & UNWIN, LONDON, 1937 FIRST PRINTING. ONE OF ONLY 1500 COPIES PRINTED. HARDBACK BOUND IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHERS DECORATED CLOTH BINDING WITH THE ORIGINAL MAP DECORATED ENDPAPERS TO FRONT & REAR, FRONTIS PLATE PRESENT BUT LACKING THE MIRKWOOD PLATE AT PAGE 146, ALL OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS ARE PRESENT & CORRECT. INCLUDED WITH THE ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION IS A NEW FACSIMILE EDITION OF IDENTICAL SIZE WITH A NEW DUST JACKET & DECORATED SLIPCASE THAT FITS BOTH COPIES, THE SLIPCASE COULD BE USED TO HOUSE THE ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION, THE NEW BOOK COMES WITH THE MIRKWOOD PLATE. BOOK MEASURES APPROX 8 x 5 INCHES WITH 310 PAGES + THE ORIGINAL TWO SIDED PUBLISHERS CATALOGUE TO REAR. FEW MINOR MARKS TO CLOTH COVER, WITH MINOR WEAR AT TOP & BOTTOM OF SPINE, FAINT VERTICAL CREASE TO MIDDLE OF CLOTH SPINE, SLIGHT PLAY TO HINGES, NAME OF SEYMOUR MEAD TO FRONT MAP ENDPAPER & FRONT BLANK ENDPAPER + A CHRISTMAS INSCRIPTION FROM THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION DATED 1937 TO FRONT BLANK ENDPAPER, MAJORITY OF PAGES HAVE SOME MINOR WRINKLES TO BOTTOM PAGE MARGINS [SEE IMAGES] OCCASIONAL MINOR CREASE, BLEMISH OR FINGER MARK TO PAGES, VERY OCCASIONAL MINOR SEPARATION AT INNER PAGE MARGINS BUT WITH ALL PAGES WELL ATTACHED. OVERALL THE FIRST EDITION IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION & HAS HAD NO RESTORATION TO ANY PART OF THE BOOK, THE FACSIMILE EDITION WITH THE SLIPCASE IS IN AS NEW CONDITION. A GENUINE FIRST EDITION & FIRST PRINTING OF THE HOBBIT IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHERS CLOTH BINDING. A RARE TITLE WITH THE FIRST PRINTING HAVING ONLY 1500 COPIES PUBLISHED & SOLD OUT BEFORE CHRISTMAS OF 1937 WITH VERY FEW SURVIVING IN ORIGINAL CLOTH. EXTRA IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

Synopsis

The Hobbit tells the famous story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is caught up in the affairs of wizards. His journey through Mirkwood and the climactic confrontation with the dragon Smaug served as the launching point for Tolkien's transformative trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Many of the essential elements of Tolkien's classic saga have their roots in this children's book. The story remains popular, and stands as one of the most enduring (and endearing) stories of the last century. The Hobbit sparked a creative explosion in speculative fiction, a fire that burns brightly to this day. The revival in interest in recent years, in part due to the popularity of the film series inspired by Tolkien's books only shows the timelessness of his story, and the importance of his work.

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On Mar 18 2022, a reader said:
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (but nobody really calls it that anyway), a tale written some time ago by some J. R. R. Tolkien fella, is the story of a Hobbit who indeed goes there... and back again. You see, in the going of there, preceding the coming back again to the place he was before he went there, he came across many an interesting thing in the wild lands to the east (As well as the less wild lands to the west of the East, known to some as the West. There was also some northward travel, but we won't get into that in this review, or the next review for that matter, as the next review will likely have nothing to do with this review, making stories of the northward travels of hobbits of no use, but I digress. Back to the list I was about to list.), such as dwarves, trolls, goblins, a neat ring that most likely will serve no real importance in future adventures by Tolkien, wargs, eagles, a bear dude named Beorn, spiders, elves, some other guys, a dragon, a thrush, some ravens, some rocks, I guess, a wizard, various waters, treasure, glorious gemstone, and some other things that I don't care to recall. Anyway, the story is about Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who does some stuff and goes somewhere (an unusual thing for a Hobbit, apparently, despite the number of books and movies and erotic fanfics based on the adventures of various Hobbits). Most importantly though, the book comes fully equip with two maps! TWO! Not one, not three, but TWO! Of course, I was reading the 70th anniversary edition, bought from www.biblio.com (sign up today!), so the number of maps may vary, depending on whether or not you're reading a library edition that has had numerous pages unceremoniously removed by children. Though, this version has the maps on the back of the front cover and front of the back cover (or would that be the back of the back cover?), making it a lot harder for me/children to rip them from the book to store in my/their stolen map collection. I figure this is enough for a review, so I'll stop rambling now. But I must insist the few of you who haven't read this book stop not having read this book and read this book! I read it and I have a (self-proclaimed) mental disorder (that I take lots and lots of sexy sounding medication for, much of which isn't legal or medication at all).
On Apr 1 2013, Fireflower537 said:
This book has one huge major flaw: There are NO female characters. I am guessing all the ladies are in Upper Earth and Lower Earth.

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Bookseller
Elder Books GB (GB)
Bookseller's Inventory #
0062511-NL29
Title
THE HOBBIT OR THERE & BACK AGAIN
Author
J. R. R. TOLKIEN
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book Condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket Condition
No Jacket
Quantity Available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Publisher
GEORGE ALLEN & UNWIN, LONDON
Date Published
1937

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