London: The Folio Society, 1979. [Children's Classic] FIRST FRASER ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Octavo (23 x 15cm), pp.245; . With frequent wood engravings by Fraser. Publisher's maroon quarter leatherette with gilt titles and a gilt design by Jeff Clements, repeated to maroon cloth over boards. Tolkien's maps to endpapers. Top edge pink. With the grey paper-covered slipcase. A fine copy with some light wear to slipcase. Fraser's illustrations make this edition uniform with the Folio Society edition of 'The Lord of the Rings' from 1977, though the bindings do not quite match. 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. '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 #53776
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