TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Hobbit or There and Back Again. London: Unwin Brothers Ltd for George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1951.
8° (184 x 122mm). Colour-printed frontispiece after Tolkien, 8 illustrations after Tolkien, 7 full-page. (Occasional light marking, heavier on quires [A] and Q, a few leaves with short marginal tears.) Original green cloth decorated in dark blue with designs after Tolkien, upper and lower endpapers printed in red and black with maps after Tolkien, third  edition dustwrapper printed in blue, black and green with design after Tolkien, top edge stained green (covers marked, extremities rubbed, hinges split and reinforced with adhesive tape, spine cocked, dustwrapper lightly marked on flaps and with adhesive tape marks on verso and on volume pastedowns). Provenance: Special Collection, Maria Assumpta Training College, 22 Kensington Square, London (inkstamp on front free endpaper, traces of label on U6v, accession number at foot of spine) -- sale, Christie's South Kensington, 11 September 1992, lot 404.
SECOND, REVISED AND CORRECTED EDITION. SIGNED ON THE FRONT FLYLEAF 'J.R.R. TOLKIEN'. The Hobbit -- Tolkien's first work of fiction -- was originally published in 1937, and was followed by 3 further impressions which incorporated minor corrections. The present, second edition of 3,500 copies added further corrections and also revisions to the text, including a revised chapter 5 (cf. Hammond and Anderson for a full analysis of textual changes). Hammond and Anderson A3c; West A12.