Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1938.
First American edition, first state (or printing) with bowing hobbit on title page, maps at endsheets in opposite order as per list of illustrations, and Chapter VII heading on page 118 incorrectly listed as Chapter VI. 310pp. Original tan cloth lettered in blue and illustrated in red, red map endpapers. Tiny stain to front cloth, else Fine with light rubbing at edges. In a Very Good+ unrestored dust jacket with publisher's price of $2.50 intact, trimmed a hair too tall, two tape mends to verso, small chips at edges, rubbing along folds, spine panel a bit rubbed and soiled, light creasing to front flap. The first American appearance of the epic fantasy novel. Quite rare in its unsophisticated original jacket with a different design than its British predecessor showing Tolkien's drawing of Hobbiton. Item #171012001