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The Hobbit (Guild Publishing 1978)

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The Hobbit (1978 Guild Publishing edition)THE HOBBIT 1978 Guild Publishing 1st (this edition)

(UPDATE) There seems to be quite a lot of interest in these particular red ‘Guild Publishing’ editions - so here’s what I know.

These are Book Club editions. They’re nice enough in themselves, but I think a lot of collectors might look down on these a bit because they came from a book club.

You will occasionally see these described elsewhere as ‘Rare’ and/or ‘Leather’. But sadly, they are neither.

I would imagine as Book Club editions they would have been produced in pretty large quantities. I don’t think they are particularly highly prized or sought after since you can (usually) easily pick them up on eBay for a few pounds each depending on age and condition. I certainly wouldn’t want to spend much more than that.

And they’re definitely NOT leather - just a kind of leather-effect hardcover with a bit of gold-coloured embossing.

Like I say, they’re nice enough books. And if you’re looking for one yourself fortunately there seem to be plenty more copies out there…! Good luck!

Title: The Hobbit
Author: JRR Tolkien
Published by: Guild Publishing
Year of Publication : 1978
Edition: this edition 1st published 1978

The Hobbit (1978 Guild Publishing edition)

A Book Club edition with mock red leather binding.


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3 Responses to “The Hobbit (Guild Publishing 1978)”

  1. Andrew Newman says:

    hi i have this same book that i recently bought at a junk sale i was woundaring if you would know the value

    thanks Andy

  2. sandra cutler says:

    Hello, how much would you sell this book for?

    Kind Regards


  3. dianne says:

    would like to know wat price to put on this book also copy of thesilmarillion in same cover type
    thankyou dianne

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