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The Hobbit or There and Back Again

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The Hobbit or There and Back Again

by Tolkien, J.R.R

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About This Item

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1958. Second Edition/6th Printing. Hardcover. Good/Poor. Tenth Impression overall of the US Edition as stated on the front jacket flap. In light green cloth with blue type and cap motif. Several faint splash stains to top and front page ends. One small spot to middle of spine. Rear bottom corner slighty soft, but corners sharp overall. Endpapers of Thror's map lovely in black and white. Full color frontispiece with 'Printed in Great Britain' to copyright page. Front hinge is starting to split at top third at verso of ffep and bottom 2/3 at page following with 1/4 inch transverse tear between, but binding still solid. A few small dark spots/stains to page following ffep and 2-3 after as well as tops of 3-4 pages, otherwise nice and clean. Scarce jacket is clipped at bottom of front flap with chipping at corners, 3/4 inch split to bottom of front flap crease and 1 3/4 inch split to bottom of rear flap crease. Larger 1 inch wide by 3/4 inch chip missing to top of spine and front panel. 3/4 inch tear to top of rear panel. Bottom 2 3/4 inches of spine split off and free floating. Previously taped on both sides which has been very carefully removed with minimal pigment loss. Some faint moisture staining to very edges at top and bottom of jacket with larger stain at top front corner and a few to inside of front jacket crease and panel. General edgewear/nicks and a few marks/spots including one to bottom of front flap. Duodecimo.

Synopsis

The Hobbit tells the famous story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is caught up in the affairs of wizards. His journey through Mirkwood and the climactic confrontation with the dragon Smaug served as the launching point for Tolkien's transformative trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Many of the essential elements of Tolkien's classic saga have their roots in this children's book. The story remains popular, and stands as one of the most enduring (and endearing) stories of the last century. The Hobbit sparked a creative explosion in speculative fiction, a fire that burns brightly to this day. The revival in interest in recent years, in part due to the popularity of the film series inspired by Tolkien's books only shows the timelessness of his story, and the importance of his work.

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Reviews

On Mar 18 2022, a reader said:
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (but nobody really calls it that anyway), a tale written some time ago by some J. R. R. Tolkien fella, is the story of a Hobbit who indeed goes there... and back again. You see, in the going of there, preceding the coming back again to the place he was before he went there, he came across many an interesting thing in the wild lands to the east (As well as the less wild lands to the west of the East, known to some as the West. There was also some northward travel, but we won't get into that in this review, or the next review for that matter, as the next review will likely have nothing to do with this review, making stories of the northward travels of hobbits of no use, but I digress. Back to the list I was about to list.), such as dwarves, trolls, goblins, a neat ring that most likely will serve no real importance in future adventures by Tolkien, wargs, eagles, a bear dude named Beorn, spiders, elves, some other guys, a dragon, a thrush, some ravens, some rocks, I guess, a wizard, various waters, treasure, glorious gemstone, and some other things that I don't care to recall. Anyway, the story is about Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who does some stuff and goes somewhere (an unusual thing for a Hobbit, apparently, despite the number of books and movies and erotic fanfics based on the adventures of various Hobbits). Most importantly though, the book comes fully equip with two maps! TWO! Not one, not three, but TWO! Of course, I was reading the 70th anniversary edition, bought from www.biblio.com (sign up today!), so the number of maps may vary, depending on whether or not you're reading a library edition that has had numerous pages unceremoniously removed by children. Though, this version has the maps on the back of the front cover and front of the back cover (or would that be the back of the back cover?), making it a lot harder for me/children to rip them from the book to store in my/their stolen map collection. I figure this is enough for a review, so I'll stop rambling now. But I must insist the few of you who haven't read this book stop not having read this book and read this book! I read it and I have a (self-proclaimed) mental disorder (that I take lots and lots of sexy sounding medication for, much of which isn't legal or medication at all).
On Apr 1 2013, Fireflower537 said:
This book has one huge major flaw: There are NO female characters. I am guessing all the ladies are in Upper Earth and Lower Earth.

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Details

Bookseller
Lost Paddle Books, IOBA US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
LPB005266JT
Title
The Hobbit or There and Back Again
Author
Tolkien, J.R.R
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book Condition
Used - Good
Jacket Condition
Poor
Quantity Available
1
Edition
Second Edition/6th Printing
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Company
Place of Publication
Boston
Date Published
1958
Weight
0.00 lbs
Bookseller catalogs
Fantasy; Tolkien;

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Edges
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...
Verso
The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
Jacket
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...
Spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
Cloth
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...
FFEP
A common abbreviation for Front Free End Paper. Generally, it is the first page of a book and is part of a single sheet that...
Copyright page
The page in a book that describes the lineage of that book, typically including the book's author, publisher, date of...
Chipping
A defect in which small pieces are missing from the edges; fraying or small pieces of paper missing the edge of a paperback, or...
Hinge
The portion of the book closest to the spine that allows the book to be opened and closed.

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