Very Good. Item #5566
Orebro, Sweden: Raben & Sjogren, 1962. First Edition. (Preceded in Sweden by Tore Zetterholm's translation, Hompen, in 1947.)
Octavo. 308 pages. 11 full page black and white illustrations and smaller vignette pieces by Tove Jansson throughout. Original green cloth with pictorial boards. Spine stamped in silver.
Jansson, a Swedish-speaking Finnish author and illustrator, was well known for her “Moomin” children’s books, but tried a new method of drawing in her illustrations for both the Swedish and Finnish publications of The Hobbit. Now scarce in retail, her highly regarded illustrations stand out not only for their compelling detail and artistry, but also as a lens to see The Hobbit reflected back to the community that created its Finnish and Norse mythological source material.
Worn and exposed around edges and cracked at top of spine. Corners bumped. A bit faded and with some scuffs to spine. Endpapers are toned. Pages unmarked. A sound copy overall. At the time of this writing in October 2019, we locate only three copies in OCLC.