1951 – The Hobbit – Hardcover – 2nd Edition, 5th Overall Printing – State 5b – Houghton Mifflin

Houghton Mifflin issued two distinct variants corresponding to the British 5th printing.

The later variant (5b) is identical to the British 5th printing in every regard except for the “Houghton Mifflin” notation at the base of the spine. In particular, the title page states “London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, Museum Street”; the colophon shows the A&U St. George and the Dragon insignia and the addresses of the publishers offices worldwide; and the title page verso shows the full printing history. – (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_American_editions_of_The_Hobbit#The_second_edition)

  • Bound identically to the British impressions. Green with mountains and dragon bordering
  • 18.0 mm paper weight
  • 700 copies printed
  • 12.7 x 19.0 cm
  • 315 numbered pages
  • Exported March, 1953