1967 – The Hobbit – Hardcover – 3rd Edition, 24th Printing – Houghton Mifflin



Images from an Ebay 25th Edition Sale. See Bellow.


Image from an Ebay Auction

Book Information

  • Full Title: The Hobbit
  • Price: $3.95
  • Edition: 3rd Edtion, 24th Printing (First State of 3rd Edition)
  • Format: Hardcover with Wrappers
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Print Year: 1967
  • Stated Year: Not Stated (1966 Copyright)
  • ISBN-10: N/A
  • ISBN-13: N/A
  • Pages: (Wikipedia says 317)
  • Dimensions: ?
  • Known Print Numbers: 15,500


  • First Published August 4th 1967
  • 25th has aqua boards with blue lettering and $3.95 price
  • 25th has $6.95 price plus LOTR info on inner jacket (mismatched jacket?),  and aqua with blue boards.
  • 26th has aqua boards with blue lettering and $3.95 price
  • 27th Printing is priced at $4.95
  • 28th Printing is priced at $4.95
  • At the latest 29th Printing explicitly mentions a 3rd edition
  • 29th has $4.95 price, aqua boards with blue boards, tan inside the boards and black/white maps
  • 32nd Printing seems to be inscribed as 1974 and has green cloth boards with blue lettering
  • 32 has library stamp of April 1976
  • 33 Printing is $6.95 and also says “when hobbit first published over 35 years ago”.
  • 33 Has green boards
  • A 35 Printing has $6.95 price and number line.  It also says “when hobbit first published over 25 years ago”.  .
  • A 37th has a $6.95 price. It says hobbit first published “25 years ago”.
  • Hammond and Anderson states that the first printing of the 3rd edition was either the 24th or 25th impression but a 24th has not been found. They have production numbers for the 24th though so presumably it does exist.

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