Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Wonder of Books #3: The Hobbit (2013 Edition)

Every now and then I see a book that looks so beautiful I want to keep it on my shelf forever, regardless of how good it is or if I'll ever actually read it. I think this is a symptom of Book Collecting Obsession, otherwise known as the life of a book lover. To honour these books and their extremely talented publishers to make them what they are, I'm going to highlight them here on my blog and include lots of lovely pictures so you can see what I'm talking about.

This feature won't be weekly, but I'll do it whenever I come across one of these books that makes me say "Wow!" to no-one in particular. All images can be enlarged if you click 'em, and don't read the text too carefully in case there's a sneaky spoiler in there.


The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Illustrated by Jemima Catlin

Published by: HarperCollins
Released: September 12th, 2013


The first new illustrated edition of The Hobbit for more than 15 years contains 150 brand new colour illustrations. Artist Jemima Catlin’s charming and lively interpretation brings Tolkien’s beloved characters to life in a way that will entice and entertain a new generation of readers.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable and quiet life. His contentment is disturbed one day when the wizard, Gandalf, and the dwarves arrive to take him away on an adventure.
Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out on to the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug’s left eye. He was only pretending to sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance!
Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves. Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…

The cover is made out of fabric and looks lovely! The colours are much brighter than in my picture.

Here are the title and contents pages. Even these look classy, especially the contents page with its swishy pattern round the edges.

 An amazing looking map that fits in nicely with the whole presentation of the book.

The first page of each chapter features an illustration by Jemima Catlin, who has illustrated throughout. 'An Unexpected Party' is one of my favourites.

These are two of my favourite illustrations. Aren't they brilliant? Again, my pictures don't do them justice.

A picture of the lovely spine, to show both how nice it is and the size of the book. It's huge!

The back cover, with Smaug's tail making an appearance. This is my favourite edition of The Hobbit I own so far - it's well worth buying!


Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

That edition is so lovely!!!

Melissa Bookmark Dragon said...

So pretty, detailed and whimsical! I think the spine is my favorite part. I love book covers, and your posts that feature US vs. UK covers are some of my favorites. I'm a long-time lurker, but haven't commented here before. Just wanted to say that I love your blog, and have read several books based on your recommendations. (And I also think The Book Thief is awesome, don't worry.) If you feel so inclined, feel free to stop by my website: I'm new to the book blogging community, and am exited to stop being a lurker and start joining the conversations about books more proactively. (Wow, this comment got kind of long, sorry. Thanks again for the lovely posts.)

caroline.taylor078 said...

That is so beautiful especially the spine, its a shame I'm not interested in The Hobbit or Lord Of The Rings as these are the types of books that get beautiful editions, I can't think of any book I like that would get the special treatment like this, :(