If you plan on heading to the movie theater to see the new Hobbit, stop in at Special Collections first and spend some time with the original:
One of the best things about handling the first edition of a favorite book is that you get a chance to see it as it was originally introduced to the world. The dust jacket text is usually one of the best parts:
In this case, it allows you to cast yourself back to a time when “Professor Tolkien … remains to be convinced that anybody will want to read his most delightful history of a Hobbit’s journey.”
No need to worry, Professor.
Special Collections is open this week from 1-5 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for anyone who wants a closer look.