Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company The Riverside Press, No date. Early printing. Hardcover. 423pp. Octavo [23 cm] Light blue cloth covered boards with gilt stamped titles on the spine and front cover. Very good. The extremities are gently bumped and rubbed, and the spine is rolled. There is a cluster of very small stains on the fore edge of the text block, and there is minor soiling on the bottom edge of the text block. There is a former owner's name in pen on the front free endsheet. The pages are yellowed. With the map at the rear. The dust jacket is in good condition. Age-toned, rubbed and mildly soiled. There are numerous small closed and open tears in the creased edges. The longest closed tear is 1 and 1/4 inches long. The largest open tear is 1 inch wide by just under 1/2 of an inch deep. No price listed on dust jacket. Only "Printed in Great Britain" on copyright page. Item #33501
Jacket by Walter Lorraine. J.R.R. Tolkien's, The Hobbit, was first published in the United States by Houghton Mifflin Company in 1938.