1964? – The Hobbit – Hardcover – 2nd Edition, 15th,16th and 17th Overall Printings – Houghton Mifflin

This is still a “second edition” state but starting with the 15th printing they no longer imported printed sheets from the UK and switched to a large sized set of sheets.  There are no known ways to distinguish impressions 15 through 17 from each other.

This is the first US printing of the classic original artwork cover where you can see the runic border on the long side of the cover instead of just in the top and bottom of it.  Previous editions had that section of the border wrapped around to the underside of the cover.

  • 14.0 x 21.0 cm
  • 315 numbered pages