martedì 12 novembre 2013

The Hobbit, edizione inglese 2013

The Hobbit
di J.R.R. Tolkien
HarperCollins, London
1° ed. 2013, pp. 304
Illustrazione di copertina della Warner Bros
Rilegato con sovraccoperta

The classic bestseller behind this year’s epic second instalment The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, now in a perfectly-sized pocket hardback. This new film tie-in edition features the complete story of Bilbo Baggins’ adventures in Middle-earth, with a striking cover image from Peter Jackson’s film trilogy and drawings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.

But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…

The prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth century.

Questa nuova edizione, per la prima volta nella storia delle copertine di Tolkien "rivisita" la storica illustrazione realizzata da Tolkien per la prima edizione del 1937. La stessa utilizzata in diverse altre edizioni dello Hobbit. Di seguito alcune immagini che mettono a confronto le due illustrazioni: quella tolkieniana e quella cinematografica.