~ COLLECTOR'S EDITION ~ FIRST PRINTING
by J.R.R. Tolkien
This picture is for reference only and not of the physical item being sold although the covers and content are the same. Please see physical description below...
In a hole in the ground, lived a hobbit... And so the story began!
Up for bid is this gorgeous edition of the HOBBIT, a slipcased Collector's Edition.
Met with instant critical acclaim when published in 1973, this supposedly limited edition was released and was so popular, almost 33 years later, it is (apparently) limited to how many they can print!
Many people selling this book, who don't know any better are claiming it as printed in 1966. In point of fact, the copyright IS 1966 for the text, but this book was not released until 1973 and if you look at the copyright page, you will note the LOC (Library Of Congress) number of 73-8769. The 73 indicates the first year of printing, so a 1966 copy is a fabrication of someone's imagination. The only legitimate reference to 1966 is that it follows the original copyright text of the Second Authorized Edition from 1966.
Bound with green leather and gold embellishments to the spine and cover and set in a leather slipcase, this copy also features Tolkien's own color illustrations. Here are four....
Early printings of this book are rarely found, especially any printing under 10, and your chances of finding one any time soon, other than this, are quite slim. This one is a 1st printing in GREAT shape! A physical description follows...
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Regarding Auctions & the Item...
I have been collecting books (especially Tolkien-related)and music for over 35 years and have amassed an enormous library. I do not subscribe to "grading" as it is so subjective and most of the "graders" truly have no clue! Therefore I'll simply describe things in normal English!
*This is a gently handled and previously read hardcover book in GREAT condition, with original slipcase as issued. Bound in dark green leather with red foil and gilt embellishments on the front cover and spine. The binding is still very tight and solid and all pages are crisp, clean, and bright, none loose with a small ink inscription at the top of the first overleaf from a previous owner. The slipcase shows a very minimal amount of shelfwear from handling and moving around.... The slipcase is leather bound as well but unadorned. It is a VERY nice copy! Enjoy...
A FEW WORDS ON TOLKIEN COLLECTIBILITY...I have been collecting Tolkien books for over 30 years and it really galls me to find people selling items for ridiculous prices claiming they are "rare" or "highly collectible"; and what's worse is, naive people are paying it~! The fact is, there are relatively few "RARE" Tolkien items on eBay and most of the stuff claimed as such, just isn't. Granted, some may be hard to find, but not rare. In order to be a VALUABLE collectible, the books need to be immaculate or close to it, a scarce or extremely early printing of an early edition and if it comes with a dust jacket, that too should be close to fine. Otherwise, they are just common items not worth much, but people are paying gobs of cash, caught up in the frenzy.
Before you pay high bucks on a RARE or COLLECTIBLE edition, ask questions and demand to see a picture. Even though the copyright may say 1966 for example, it can still be a 1988 or even 1997 printing, but the copyright was last renewed in 1966 so it is being sold as such. I've even seen 1960's paperback copyright being sold for unreal prices, and they are actually a 23rd or such printings from the 70's and 1966 Copyright books that are printed in 1999 with that information conveniently left out! I don't believe all sellers are trying to be dishonest, some just don't know any better... Please be careful and bid wisely. If you have any questions regarding it's authenticity or collectibility, check it out and be certain you are bidding on what you THINK you are bidding on.
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