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Rare First Edition "The Hobbit" Illustrated 1977 Hardcover w- Original Glassine Dust Jacket JRR Tolkien Gift for Fantasy Reader Gandalf

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Rare 1st Edition hardcover: "The Hobbit" Illustrated, published in 1977 in original translucent, glassine dust jacket.

This is an amazingly preserved copy of the 1977 release of the illustrated "The Hobbit".

It is a first edition with the original translucent plastic cover (glassine) which has two cracks near the top of the spine front and back, about 2 1/2" each, but no missing pieces (see images). These covers were notoriously prone to damage both from handling and from exposure to sunlight, which would make them brittle and / or change the color of the clear film. The jacket has some light surface wear and some edge wear to Smaug on the back upper side. There are a few small scratches / chips in the images of Smaug, but not significant. That said, overall, this jacket is in relatively superior condition as they are typically heavily split, discolored and with pieces missing.

The book is "very good", with no significant flaws. The board corners are square, not bumped, with just a hint of wear right at the very tips, with the lower front corner being the most. The white spine is just mildly bumped at the bottom, and there are few very, very light dents on the bottom board edge. most likely from being loaded onto a shelf at an angle instead of flat. Some light rubbing on board edges in a few places. There is a scuff to the bottom text block edge toward the outer edge.

The text block is square, tight, not sagged as is often the case with large books. The gutters are solid, not loose or split. There is no writing or names, no folded or torn pages. The pages are bright, with perhaps just the slightest hint of tanning on edges. The two 3-pane fold out pages are like new, crisp and straight.

Overall, a really pleasant copy of a beautiful book in its original unusual jacket!


This is make an amazing gift for that Tolkien fan or make a superior addition to your collection.

A really, REALLY cool item for a Tolkien / Hobbit fan!


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Rare 1st Edition hardcover: "The Hobbit" Illustrated, published in 1977 in original translucent, glassine dust jacket.

This is an amazingly preserved copy of the 1977 release of the illustrated "The Hobbit".

It is a first edition with the original translucent plastic cover (glassine) which has two cracks near the top of the spine front and back, about 2 1/2" each, but no missing pieces (see images). These covers were notoriously prone to damage both from handling and from exposure to sunlight, which would make them brittle and / or change the color of the clear film. The jacket has some light surface wear and some edge wear to Smaug on the back upper side. There are a few small scratches / chips in the images of Smaug, but not significant. That said, overall, this jacket is in relatively superior condition as they are typically heavily split, discolored and with pieces missing.

The book is "very good", with no significant flaws. The board corners are square, not bumped, with just a hint of wear right at the very tips, with the lower front corner being the most. The white spine is just mildly bumped at the bottom, and there are few very, very light dents on the bottom board edge. most likely from being loaded onto a shelf at an angle instead of flat. Some light rubbing on board edges in a few places. There is a scuff to the bottom text block edge toward the outer edge.

The text block is square, tight, not sagged as is often the case with large books. The gutters are solid, not loose or split. There is no writing or names, no folded or torn pages. The pages are bright, with perhaps just the slightest hint of tanning on edges. The two 3-pane fold out pages are like new, crisp and straight.

Overall, a really pleasant copy of a beautiful book in its original unusual jacket!


This is make an amazing gift for that Tolkien fan or make a superior addition to your collection.

A really, REALLY cool item for a Tolkien / Hobbit fan!


--- Will ship securely packed and insured ---


Be sure to browse our entire online collection of carefully selected vintage literature, science fiction, fantasy and mystery books!

Mystery, Fantasy and Fiction: http://etsy.me/2cLIP2I

Classic Science Fiction: http://etsy.me/2ds3XxV

All Things Tolkien: http://etsy.me/2dApeBn

Nancy Drew Awesomeness: http://etsy.me/2dDUmTv

TV and Film Tie-In Books: http://etsy.me/2ds5lR8

Custom Themed Spiral Notebooks: http://etsy.me/2daGrl5

Classic Literature, Bios and History: http://etsy.me/2dskm0T

Vintage Ephemera and Tourism Papers: http://etsy.me/2daqGMH

Pop Culture, Vinyl and "In-Betweens": http://etsy.me/2dDU6nF

MSS Hudson River Valley Photographic Art Prints: http://etsy.me/2dlNlCx

NOTE: We have many thousands more titles not currently listed as we are a full time bookseller selling on other online venues and in person.

LOOKING FOR A PARTICULAR TITLE / EDITION OF SOMETHING? ASK - WE VERY WELL MAY HAVE IT IN STOCK!

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Reviewed by Brandi
5 out of 5 stars
Jun 5, 2018
The book arrived in great condition just as described. It was like new! Amazing to find that quality still out there in a vintage book. There are some great finds in this shop :)
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Reviewed by Sarah
5 out of 5 stars
May 15, 2018
Can’t wait to gift this to my friend who is probably the biggest Paul Newman fan! It’s unique and authentic.
The item was shipped out quickly and arrived fast, it was also packaged very well.
It was as exactly as described.
Will definitely look at this shop again for amazing items!
Gifts for Cinephiles: "The Films of Paul Newman", Film Buff Gift, Vintage Paperback, Movie Books, Present from Wife to Husband, Illustrated

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Rare First Edition "The Hobbit" Illustrated 1977 Hardcover w- Original Glassine Dust Jacket JRR Tolkien Gift for Fantasy Reader Gandalf

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