Book Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Size: 8vo; [1-11], 12-92,  pages
Publisher: London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1964.
An attractive first impression of the first edition in near fine condition in dust-wrapper, little foxing to page edges and dust-wrapper. Published simultaneously with the paperback edition on May 28, 1964.
In his essay On Fairy-Stories, Tolkien discusses the nature of fairy-tales and fantasy and saves the genre from those who would otherwise relegate it to juvenilia. This is aptly and elegantly illustrated in the short story, Leaf by Niggle, which tells the story of the artist Niggle, who has 'a long journey' to make and is seen as an allegory of Tolkien 's life.