- Hardcover: 317 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; 1st Edition Thus edition (1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395454026
- ISBN-13: 978-0395454022
- Package Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19,038 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,499,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hobbit, 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – 1987
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For those who care about such things, the printing is based on the 2004 corrected text, with even further corrections. There are updated introductions/forwards by Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, authors of the authoritative "LOTR Readers Companion," as well as by Douglas A. Anderson, who provides a detailed publication history of the Lord of the Rings. The full appendices are included.
Two-page red and black maps of Middle Earth and of Gondor/Rohan/Mordor adorn the front and back covers, with a map of the Shire before the first chapter. Also present are other essentials such as the Doors of Moria and the Tomb of Balin. The only drawback is that the facsimile pages of the Book of Mazarbul was not included, which I found to be surprising and a bit disappointing Also, the ring inscription and the Gandalf "rune" are printed in black rather than silver and red. Probably the main issue is the clear plastic slipcover, which is barely bigger than the book itself, and it is difficult to slip the book back inside it after taking it out. You are more likely to scuff the corners of the book. That being said, these are far from dealbreakers, and the joy to be received from owning this edition far outweighs these issues.
I have read the series probably 25 times since I acquired my first set, and I'm reading it again now on my tablet with Kindle software. I read it four times with the compilation I purchased in 2001, and would have read it more except the bulk and weight were excessive. I'm so glad to get the Kindle version, and reading it on the Asus ten inch tablet is far more enjoyable. There were several reviews panning the Kindle version for verasity, but I don't read the the text as a proof-reader, I read it for enjoyment. There has been few writers I love so well as Tolkien!