The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.
London: George Allen & Unwin Limited, 1937. First edition, first impression [21st september 1937]. 8vo. Frontispiece and 9 illustrations (all but one full-page), advertisement leaf, original map endpapers printed in red and back, professionally lifted and reused.
A fine later green morocco binding, with Tolkien’s «Mountains and dragon» design to boards. All edges gilt. Red silk reading ribbon. In green morocco clamshell box with the same design.
Name to upper edge of front end paper map, Margaret Thorson. Small tear in upper corner of rear end paper map profesionally restored on verso. Clean and fresh interior. A beautiful copy.
One of only 1500 copies of the original print run, which sold out within months of its release.