London: George, Allen, and Unwin, 1959. [Children's classic]. SECOND EDITION, FIFTH IMPRESSION (eleventh impression overall). Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.315; . Publisher's green cloth blocked in black, in pictorial dust-jacket, map endpapers. Neat gift inscription to first blank, edges toned unevenly from different paper stocks, cloth slightly sunned to the top and tail of the spine. price clipped dust-jacket shows well, some toning to spine, wear along the folds, some chipping and nicking along the top and bottom edges, small tear at the corners of the folds, small marks to front panel. Very good. Seldom has any book been so widely read and loved as this classic tale. Its hero, Bilbo Baggins, has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals: Alice, Pooh, Toad... Tolkien's Middle-Earth is a vast mine of treasures and knowledge, its roots delving deep into folklore, mythology and language, and 'The Hobbit' is an ideal introduction to this richly imagined world, which was more fully and complexly realised in 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Silmarillion'. Item #47451
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