The Hobbit

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The Hobbit, 2nd edition 1965 (Stated 15th printing) (J R R Tolkien)Tolkien's iconic book for children of all ages, first published by George Allen & Unwin, London, in 1937.

The publishers, George Allen & Unwin, adopted an unusual approach to impression numbering for this title, running it continuously through successive editions. This is described as the 2nd edition, fifteenth impression; but it's really the eleventh impression of the second edition as there were four within the first.

The original jacket was about 1.5mm too short for its book, causing the top and bottom rows of runes to be partially trimmed away. This ReproJacket has been specially restored to full book height.

Jacket illustration by the author.

ReproJacket #190-K-1, size 190.5x522mm.
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The Hobbit, 3rd edition 1967 (Stated 3rd printing) (J R R Tolkien)The publishers correctly recorded this as the seventeenth impression, including those of the previous two editions. However, they omitted the final impression of the 2nd edition in 1965 and added a non-existent impression of the new edition in 1966. Consequently this 1967 impression is the second of the new edition and we have serialized it as such. The following impression in 1968 corrected most of the earlier errors and abandoned the overall impression numbering wheeze, but the impression numbering within the 3rd edition was still overestimated by one because they failed to correct the errors introduced at the start of the new edition! It seems that those were never corrected in any subsequent issues either.

Jacket illustration by the author.

ReproJacket #201-B-1, size 190.5x513mm.
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The Hobbit, 4th edn 1987 (Guild Publishing) (J R R Tolkien)This is a book club issue based on the 4th edition.

Pity about the red flash, which is rather less decorative than Tolkien's marvellous illustration and obliterates some of the lower runicity. But as if by magic the restoration of this jacket has optionally removed the flash to show what lay underneath.

Jacket illustration by the author.

ReproJacket #189-A-1, size 227.6x535mm.