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The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Rep Ill edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0544174224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544174221
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Illustrated Edition of The Hobbit

Dwarves
"[This was] in fact no other than the great Thorin Oakenshield himself, who was not at all pleased at falling flat on Bilbo's mat with Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur on top of him."
Gandalf
"All that the unsuspecting Bilbo saw that morning was an old man with a staff. He had a tall pointed blue hat, a long grey cloak, a silver scarf over which his long white beard hung down below his waist, and immense black boots."
Smaug
"Smaug lay, with wings folded like an immeasurable bat, turned partly on one side, so that the hobbit could see his underparts and his long pale belly crusted with gems and fragments of gold from his long lying on his costly bed."

About the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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Customer Reviews

Cloth cover, pages sewn into the binding, high quality paper, wonderful illustrations.
Sid
I've read this book with my 5 1/2 year old daughter every night for the last month and we just finished it last night.
Alania
The artist has done a particularly wonderful job of depicting the emotions of the characters.
Elizabeth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

85 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Cory W. Yates on October 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just wanted to take the time to update anyone who is interested in purchasing this illustrated edition of The Hobbit. As you probably know, there aren't many illustrated editions of the hobbit and most that are illustrated aren't all that incredible. So far, my favorite edition has been the one by Alan Lee. I must say, it's hard to top his work. Alan Lee really helped bring the story to life for me when I first read this incredible adventure by Tolkien. However, because I believe that The Hobbit is a tale directed at the hearts of children and adults that are young at heart, I believe that Jemima Catlin's illustrated edition has topped even the great Alan Lee's. First off, the quality of this book is excellent. The book has been wrapped in cloth so the book feels high quality and soft to the touch. Also, the cover has a beautiful illustration from the book that includes carefully placed gold etching on the leaves, title, and author's name. This really gives the book a nice luster and shine. The book doesn't come with a book jacket and honestly I think that was smart based off of how high quality the book feels and looks. It just doesn't need a cheap paper jacket to cover such a beautiful looking book.

The illustrations that are presented in the book are a thing of beauty. Not only are there a great many (every two or three pages or so) but they are incredibly colorful and really pop when you look at them. I do think the illustrator's style is to appear more colorful and simple at first glance, but at the same time you will look at the illustrations carefully and see the amount of time and effort that she put into this work. I love this style of simplicity and use of color.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on November 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This review is for the hardcover edition of "The Hobbit" that is illustrated by Jemima Catlin.

This is a beautiful edition! I read elsewhere that it would make a great gift for a child. While that's certainly true, I'm in my fifties & think it's delightful! The artist has done a particularly wonderful job of depicting the emotions of the characters.

The book itself seems sturdy and well-bound. The cover is fabric with gilded accents. Nice! I would have liked a dust jacket, but it probably would have driven up the cost.

While it was nice getting a good deal on it from Amazon, I think it's worth every penny of the $30.00 suggested by the publisher.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Polybird on November 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
beautiful, great quality book, great details in the cover and throughout, worthy of a collector's item, font size is great too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Garrett on October 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've bought a number of editions of The Hobbit since I first read the book in the early 1970's. This is the most beautiful I've seen. Very nice cloth hardcover that look's like it was printed in the 1930's. Illustrations galore. Wish they would do something like this with each of the three volumes of Lord of the Rings. Very nice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Noble M. Smith on December 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have the new edition of The Hobbit illustrated by Jemima Catlin, and I enthusiastically declare that it is a splendid thing! I received an advance copy of the book from the publisher (HarperCollins UK) in the mail the other day—and getting it felt like Christmas. I have many editions of The Hobbit in my collection, from Alan Lee’s handsomely illustrated edition, to the bizarre Rankin and Bass animated film book tie-in, to the one with Michael Hague’s sumptuous paintings. All of them have a place in my heart for one reason or another, along with my favorite Tolkien artist Pauline Baynes’s work. (She created an amazing cover for the Penguin edition of The Hobbit but, sadly, never did an illustrated version). And now I have this magnificent new version of The Hobbit from Ms. Catlin to sit beside the others on my shelf of Tolkien books. There’s something about Catlin’s inspired work that filled me with a childlike joy—the same joy that I had the first time I saw an edition of The Hobbit with Tolkien’s own line drawings and watercolors. Catlin has created whimsical pictures that capture the innocent wonder of a reader first entering Middle-earth and going along on Bilbo’s journey. Kids will love these pictures because they’re clever, moving and funny. And adults will love them for the same reason. And what a Smaug-like treasure trove is to be found in this handsome clothbound hardback! There are 150 of Catlin’s pieces in this book. Most of them are neat little watercolor, ink and pencil pictures that appear in random places throughout the story, oftentimes with text wrapping around the image.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie N. Smith on November 4, 2013
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5 stars because the Hobbit is one of my favorite all time stories.
5 stars because the illustrations are great, different from what I expect, different from the movie, but still true to the story.
5 stars because the print is larger and easier for a younger reader to absorb.
I like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Dschaak on March 12, 2014
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For nearly 50 years, my husband has collected different editions of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, and this volume ('fabric' hardback with gold lettering) was a perfect addition! The illustrations are colorful and wonderfully done, but still leaves room for your imagination to 'wander'. Needless to say, my husband was thrilled by this 'new' timeless treasure!
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