by J.R.R. TOLKIEN
~ FIRST PAPERBACK PRINTING ~ 1965
With Errant Lion on the Cover
"In a hole in the ground, lived a hobbit..." And with those words in 1937 began the epic story of Bilbo Baggins and ultimately, The Lord of the Rings.To see all of the Tolkien items I am selling whether on sale or not, CLICK HERE!!
In the early 60s, Tolkien contracted children's artist Barbara Remington to create a cover as a companion to her now famous Lord of the Rings covers which was a tryptich entitled The Wilderness (shown right). Never having actually READ the Hobbit, she was told it was more of a children's story than The Lord of the Rings, so she created the cover you see, with a lion about to drink from the pond. Yes, we all know there is no lion in the story, and Tolkien was absolutely furious, but they were in a big hurry to get it released and by the time Ballantine could stop it, 5 printings had already been published. The lion was later airbrushed out of the picture and all subsequent copies with this cover do not have the lion.
THIS COPY, is the very first printing of the very first release with the errant cover. Although 47 years old, it is still in remarkable condition... A physical description follows...
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About Me & This Item...
I am a private collector of art, books, music (10,000 records alone!) 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...
*A very gently handled and seemingly unread softcover book in excellent condition. The spine is perfectly square with no hint of a crease from being opened while read. All pages are clean crisp and bright, but there is a former owners name on the first page. The softcovers show extremely little shelfwear. If she ever did read it, she did a remarkable job of keeping it looking new! It is a STATED FIRST PRINTING: August 1965, and a VERY nice collectible copy, polybagged for protection!
Copies this clean seldom become available and I know I am asking a premium for it, given it's state, condition and rarity, it's worth what I am asking. Don't believe me? Try and find another one...
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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