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The Hobbit by Tolkien, First Edition
Since we are a rare book firm, what we want to do today is to explain some of the first edition issue points of both of these classic works. The boards are green approximately 7. There are numbered pages and the top page edges are stained green, with the other sides being white. The book itself has no color illustrations, but there are ten black-and-white illustrations, which are listed on the page preceding chapter 1. All of the artwork in the book, including the boards and dust jacket was done by Tolkien himself.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy had its time in the spotlight, with three epic movies, several computer and board games and a handful of albums. By comparison, its predecessor, The Hobbit , has hidden largely in the shadows. Today marks the 75 anniversary of that humble, hobbity beginning. Image: Rob Chandler. Published on September 21st, , The Hobbit was born into critical acclaim. In fact, Tolkien was reported to be extremely involved in the design and illustration of the books, so much so that his editors joked about it. But Tolkein had a very specific idea for how the story should look and went so far as to include a set of illustrations he had drawn.
Identifying The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings First Edition Issue Points
Published by George Allen and Unwin, London Seller Rating:. Condition: Fine.
The Hobbit is the first published novel by J. Tolkien set in Middle-earth. Auden  that The Hobbit began in the late s when he was marking School Certificate papers and wrote the words "In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit" on the back of one of them. The Hobbit didn't go any further than that at the time, although in the following years he drew up Thror 's map , outlining the geography of the tale. The story itself he wrote in the early s, and it was eventually published because he lent it to the Rev. Tolkien introduced or mentioned characters and places that figured prominently in his legendarium , specifically Elrond and Gondolin , along with elements from Germanic legend. But the decision that the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings could belong to the same universe as The Silmarillion was made only after his initial success and the request by his publisher for a sequel.