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Details about  J R R Tolkien: The Hobbit fine 1970s printing (Unwin paperback)

J R R Tolkien: The Hobbit fine 1970s printing (Unwin paperback)

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Item condition:
Very Good

fine uncreased copy of a vintage paperback edition

Apr 04, 2014
GBP 4.99
Approximately C $9.21(including shipping)
GBP 3.70 (approx. C $6.83) Royal Mail International Standard (Small Packets) | See details
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Condition: Very Good : Split the cost with friends
A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket (if applicable) included for hard covers. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. Very minimal wear and tear. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller Notes: fine uncreased copy of a vintage paperback edition
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien Publication Year: 30/10/1975
Subject: Unclassifiable Format: Paperback
Subject 2: Unclassifiable: no BIC Language: English
ISBN: 9780048231260

Detailed item info

A new edition of the fantasy tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. Re-set with colour illustrations re-originated from Tolkien's artwork.

Key Features
Author(s)J. R. R. Tolkien
PublisherAllen & Unwin
Date of Publication30/10/1975
GenreUnclassifiable: no BIC

Publication Data
Place of PublicationSydney
Country of PublicationAustralia
ImprintAllen & Unwin
Out-of-print date17/10/2003
Content Note12ill.(4col.).2M.

Width140 mm
Height200 mm

Editorial Details
Edition StatementNew edition

Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited or by the publishers or by their respective licensors: all rights reserved.

The Hobbit

Unwin paperbacks

J R R Tolkien 

1977 reprint in fine condition

ISBN    0048231266    wt  188g  ll


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  • UK POSTAGE - Within the UK all items are sent 2nd class or standard parcels (if weight is above 1kg) but if you would like an alternative method of delivery (eg recorded) please enquire for a revised quote.
  • INTERNATIONAL SALES - I usually post by AIRMAIL (delivery time 2-6 days). Outside Europe this can seem quite expensive relative to the cost of the book. Please dont purchase if you're not prepared to pay the quoted cost. I can offer a quote for cheaper SURFACE MAIL but be aware it can then take 6-12 weeks to arrive. 
  • COMBINED POSTAGE - having to incorporate postage in the book price makes it difficult to demonstrate reduced postage costs when you buy more than one book - but I will always try and pass any pro rata savings on to you. This can be signficant but if the weight creeps just over 1kg (and I have to use 1st class) there might not be much of a saving. If in doubt wait until I send an invoice before you pay.  
  • PROCESSING TIME - please understand that E BAY is not my life or my job (its just a hobby). I have a 'real' full time job & a family at home and can only 'do E-bay stuff' a couple of days a week (usually Thursday and Sunday). If  you dont receive an invoice or reply to a query straight away please dont be offended. I do however promise to post all books within one week of payment.
  • LOST ITEMS - I obtain proof of postage for most items I send- if it ends up lost or delayed it really is not my fault! and I think leaving negative feedback for this reason is completley unreasonable - far better to contact me and I will try and obtain a refund from the Post Office (may take a few weeks)
  • NON PAYMENT - I appreciate you have busy lives to lead and will not hassle you for non-payment until 2 weeks after purchase date (although I may send a reminder). After this time if you dont contact me I will have to open an unpaid dispute since this is the only way I get my ebay fees refunded.

Condition of books

Its in my interest to be honest about the condition of any book I sell - significant defects are described using standard book trade jargon. The level of detail I use differs depending on whether the item is collectible, valuable or just a trade paperback to be read and enjoyed (I won't waste my time describing in detail a cheap mass produced paperback).

If condition is critical to you please email for more details (or photographs) 

As a general guide the following descriptions are used

Mint - as new

Fine - almost as new,  slight signs of use or shelf wear.  A Fine Dustjacket has no tears and only minimal  rubbing to edges

VG - Very Good condition - this is usually relative to age and 'expected condition'. Item will have no major defects (other than those described). May have small inscription from a previous owner. A VG Dustjacket may have rubbing to edges and some creasing.

Good - acceptible condition for its age - if its a paperback it will have creases to cover or spine. Book will be intact with tight spine but pages may be yellowed with age. A Good Dustjacket will be intact but will probably have tears and creases or be chipped - It may also be sun faded

Reference / reading copy - Intact and useable but showing major signs of ageing or usage  - however still useful as a reading or a reference copy - too good to throw away - may therefore have a lower  price

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16 Neville Road
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United Kingdom

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If you are not satisfied with any item then I will of course offer a full refund as long as it is returned to me in the same state. The buyer will however be responsible for Return postage costs. In the first instance however, please contact me to discuss the problem and we can hopefully reach a mutually agreeable solution

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Item location: Otley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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I will accept paypal, personal cheques and postal orders (in sterling). For International buyers I only usually offer Airmail as an option since Surface Mail can take up to 8 weeks to arrive, whereas airmail should be there within 3-7 days of postage. If you really want surface mail and can accept the wait - please contact me for a quote
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