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The Hobbit by  J.R.R Tolkien - Signed First Edition - 1937 - from Quintessential Rare Books, LLC and Biblio.com

The Hobbit

by Tolkien, J.R.R

Condition: Fine/Fine


George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937 First Edition, First Printing with the words "FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1937" printed on the copyright page. This copy is SIGNED by J.R.R. Tolkien on a typed letter by the author laid into the book. A wonderful copy. This First Issue dustjacket has the First Issue point with the correction of the 'e' in the 'Dodgeson' present on the rear flap. This original dustjacket is rich in color with minor repair. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A fantastic copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy SIGNED Tolkien First Editions.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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 first impression of the first edition ran as a limited printing of 1500 copies, and authentic copies with the dust jacket will include a well known hand correction, in black ink, of a misspelling of the last name of Reverend Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) on the back flap. A first edition, first printing of the original U.K. edition can run over $40,000. Signed copies of this edition have been appraised at over $100,000 U.S. Later printings of the first edition also retain much value for collectors. The first U.S. Edition, printed in 1938 by Houghton Mifflin Company, is prized and is commonly sold to collectors at prices well over $2,000. Chips to the cover, a missing dustcover, wear to the spine, and damage to the map in the endpaper, are some of the more common flaws for this 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.


  • Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: ABE-16090934698
  • Title: The Hobbit
  • Author: Tolkien, J.R.R
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Fine
  • Jacket condition: Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: George Allen and Unwin, London
  • Date published: 1937


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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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