by J.R.R. Tolkien
With Artwork by Tolkien
Cover: The Death Of Smaug by Tolkien
NOTE: The picture shown is NOT the actual book but is used for reference. This is the exact same item and issue, but may be in different condtion than the actual. See the physical description below**
Up for grabs is this vintage copy of The Hobbit published by Unwin Books, London, and features Tolkien's own cover entitled "The Death of Smaug".This is one of many unusual editions I have listed this week along with the other dozens of items including many early printings. To see all other Tolkien items I am selling CLICK HERE!!
Published in 1969, the year before he died, the book also contains all of the original maps and artwork created by Tolkien himself.
This edition is a fairly uncommon offering, especially in the US! A physical description follows...
This is one of many vintage paperbacks I have available. If you buy any 4, I will ship them via media mail anywhere within the USA for FREE! To see them all CLICK HERE!
For any of the other hundreds of items I have available use the link at the bottom of the page. And if you have any requests, by all means, send me an email; if I have it, I'll list it right away for you (no off eBay sales...)
About Me & This Item...
I am a private collector of art, books, music and "stuff" and am very picky about what I buy. I don't like surprises when I buy things from auctions any more than you do. I promise everything there is to know about this item is in this description. I also do not subscribe to "grading" as frankly, grading is totally inconsistent and most of the "graders" TRULY have no clue, so I will use plain English if it is ok with you...
*This is a vintage larger sized (aka Trade Paperback) softcover in generally nice condition. The spine is still square with a light curve from a previous read, all pages present with none loose, completely unmarked... It shows a bit of shelfwear from handling over the years to the edges and corners of the cover and the pages have started to yellow with age.
I know I am asking a premium for this but copies of this edition, with this cover are nearly impossible to find, especially here in the US. It is a 21st printing from 1969 and given it's collectibility, frankly, it's worth it! This edition, rarely seen, should be in any Tolkien completists' library... 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 1981 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 printing! 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.
For over a decade, I have sold tens of thousands of items on eBay and have only received a handful of complaints about the accuracy in my descriptions. Having met eBay standards for excellence in trading, you may bid with confidence knowing you will get what you THINK you are bidding on! Please check my feedback. It is a record I am very proud of...
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IMPORTANT MONEY SAVING TIP! If you are buying more than one of my items and would like to SAVE MONEY by COMBINING SHIPPING costs, I will be happy to do so, but eBay has now made it more difficult to get discounts by confusing people with "Buy it Now" and "Add to Cart" options on non-auction style pages. If you are buying one item from a seller use the Buy it Now. BUT IF YOU WANT COMBINED or FREE SHIPPING, DO NOT USE THE BUY IT NOW button! Instead, select ADD TO CART. Then use your BACK button on your browser and select the other items you want that qualify using ADD TO CART each time. When you are finished, look for the shopping cart icon at the top right corner of your eBay page and click on it. Find the blue button which reads COMMIT TO BUY & SEND REQUEST. Once done, the items will be held and I will create a single invoice with either combined or free shipping. NOTE: I cannot retroactively go back and combine items that are not purchased in this manner so PLEASE PAY ATTENTION.CLICKING HERE!
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