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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, 1st Impression with Custom Leather Slipcase
London: Allen & Unwin, 1962. Pauline Baynes. First Edition. Pictorial Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. This is the 1st impression of the 1st UK Edition, published in 1962 by Allen & Unwin. No Names or writing, no foxing, pages clean and bright. Pictorial Cover, as issued, is in Near Fine condition, with some minor rubbing to the fold area's. Top and bottom of the spine is lightly rubbed with minor color loss. Not faded or soiled, with nice clean bright colors to the Pauline Baynes illustrations. The matching dustjacket is not price clipped. A beautiful copy for the collector, becoming difficult to find in this lovely condition. A custom full leather slipcase gilt stamped with the Tolkien Monogram to rear boards and Pauline Baynes' Tom Bombadil figure to the front. Digital images available upon request. Other Tolkien sets, original and rebound are available. Inquire if interested. A wonderful addition to anyone's Tolkien collection. Item #1403
Price: $800.00
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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, 1st Impression with Custom Leather Slipcase
The Children of Hurin - UK Deluxe Edition Signed By Christopher Tolkien & Alan Lee on Publishers Bookplate.
London: Harper Collins, 2007. Alan Lee. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien, published April 2007 by Harper Collins. Signed by the editor and illustrator, Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee, to special bookplate, featuring Lee's motif of the Helm of Hador, attached to the half title page. "The Children of Hurin, UK De Luxe Edition The first standalone tale of Middle-earth since 1977, and the first complete version of one of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Great Tales', with many exclusive features:" "Drawing together J.R.R. Tolkiens original manuscripts, using many sources spaced out over decades, Christopher Tolkien has constructed a narrative without any editorial invention." "Includes a brand new red and black Map of Beleriand specially drawn by Christopher Tolkien, which appears as a fold-out sheet." "Contains eight colour paintings and twenty-five pencil sketches, specially commissioned from award-winning artist, Alan Lee." "Features an exclusive colour frontispiece painting by Alan Lee." "Includes a specially written introduction and appendix on the history and writing of the tale by Christopher Tolkien." "Quarter-bound in blue with grey boards, stamped in gold foil with a unique motif of the Helm of Hador created by Alan Lee, and housed in a matching custom-built slipcase." "Printed on superior quality paper and including a silk ribbon marker." "This edition available for a limited time only." With Houghton Mifflin wishing to reach out and do something special for the loyal Tolkien fans, along with Christopher Tolkien's reluctance to grant public appearances, they conceived the idea for a signed bookplate, which Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee both agreed to. It seems approximately 900 bookplates were signed, with less than 500 for distribution in the US, and 250 for the UK, with the remainder held for other promotions. I know of three that were given away as prizes on the Tolkien Library web site, during the "Children of Hurin" Release Party. A very hard to find edition, with the signed bookplate. Don't expect to see many of these for sale, as most will end up in private collections. This Deluxe Edition is matched in style and design to the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of 'The Lord of the Rings', and The Deluxe Hobbit that were concurrently issued in 2004. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.. Signed by Illustrator & Editor. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. As New/No Jacket, as Issued. Illus. by Alan Lee. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Item #600
Price: $950.00
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The Children of Hurin - UK Deluxe Edition Signed By Christopher Tolkien & Alan Lee on Publishers Bookplate.
The Children of Hurin - UK Super Deluxe Edition Signed By Christopher Tolkien & Alan Lee on Limitation Page.
London: Harper Collins, 2007. Alan Lee. First Thus. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The New Super Deluxe The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien, published in 2007 by Harper Collins. This is copy number 350 of 500 per the limitation page. Bound in full Dark Blue Leather, marbled endpapers, gilt stamped design in Red & Gold of Helm of Hador's to the front boards, raised bands with gilt stamped JRRT monogram, title, author and publisher to the spine. Publishers clamshell case, full leather and felt lined, gilt stamped with JRRT monogram to the front, and Helm of Hador to the spine. Still sealed in the publishers shrinkwrap. Signed by the editor and illustrator, Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee, to Limitation page, featuring Lee's motif of the Helm of Hador. "The Children of Hurin, UK Super Deluxe Edition, the first standalone tale of Middle-earth since 1977, and the first complete version of one of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Great Tales'. "Drawing together J.R.R. Tolkiens original manuscripts, using many sources spaced out over decades, Christopher Tolkien has constructed a narrative without any editorial invention." "Includes a brand new red and black Map of Beleriand specially drawn by Christopher Tolkien, which appears as a fold-out sheet." "Contains eight colour paintings and twenty-five pencil sketches, specially commissioned from award-winning artist, Alan Lee." "Features an exclusive colour frontispiece painting by Alan Lee." "Includes a specially written introduction and appendix on the history and writing of the tale by Christopher Tolkien." "Printed on superior quality paper and including a silk ribbon marker." A beautiful edition, with the added significance of the signed limitation page. Don't expect to see many of these for sale, as they were not sold in the US, and most will end up in private collections overseas. Photo's provided are of personal copy, used for taking the photo's only. This particular copy for sale, is still sealed in the orignal publishers shrinkwrap, and housed in the original cardboard mailer as well. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.. Signed by Illustrator & Editor. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. As New/No Jacket, as Issued. Illus. by Alan Lee. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Item #1203
Price: $1,050.00
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The Children of Hurin - UK Super Deluxe Edition Signed By Christopher Tolkien & Alan Lee on Limitation Page.
The Children of Hurin, 1st UK Edition, with Bookplate Signed By Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee, signed and dated 4-17-07, Also Signed By Bernard Hill (King Theoden)
London: Harper Collins, 2007. Alan Lee. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien, published April 17, 2007 by Harper Collins. Signed by the editor and illustrator, Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee, as well as the actor Bernard Hill (King Theoden) who was in attendance at the Waterfords Release Party on April 17, 2007, to the special bookplate, featuring Lee's motif of the Helm of Hador, attached to the front free endpaper. Also included is a bookmark signed by Alan Lee at the time of the signing at Waterfords. This copy is also one of the few dated 17-4-07 by Alan Lee on the bookplate. "The Children of Hurin, UK Edition The first standalone tale of Middle-earth since 1977, and the first complete version of one of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Great Tales', with many exclusive features:" "Drawing together J.R.R. Tolkiens original manuscripts, using many sources spaced out over decades, Christopher Tolkien has constructed a narrative without any editorial invention." "Includes a brand new red and black Map of Beleriand specially drawn by Christopher Tolkien, which appears as a fold-out sheet." "Contains eight colour paintings and twenty-five pencil sketches, specially commissioned from award-winning artist, Alan Lee." "Includes a specially written introduction and appendix on the history and writing of the tale by Christopher Tolkien." With Houghton Mifflin wishing to reach out and do something special for the loyal Tolkien fans, along with Christopher Tolkien's reluctance to grant public appearances, they conceived the idea for a signed bookplate, which Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee both agreed to. It seems approximately 900 bookplates were signed, less than 500 for distribution in the US, and 250 for the UK, with the remainder held for other promotions. A very hard to find edition, with the signed and dated bookplate, guaranteed to be from the original release party at Waterfords in London. This was the only event that featured both Alan Lee and was attended by Bernard Hill, so the additional signature provides excellent provenance for this copy. Don't expect to see many of these for sale, as most will end up in private collections. Additional digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.. Signed by Illustrator. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. As New/with Jacket, as Issued. Illus. by Alan Lee. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Item #468
Price: $1,500.00
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The Children of Hurin, 1st UK Edition, with Bookplate Signed By Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee, signed and dated 4-17-07, Also Signed By Bernard Hill (King Theoden)
The Fellowship of the Ring, 1st Edition 1st Impression 1954
London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A true 1st Edition 1st Impression of The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien. This copy is most likely destined to be rebound, as the covers are split at the spine fold, discolored and stained. However the topstain is not faded. The Ring & Eye portion of the dustjacket is glued down to the front endpaper, however no previous owner's name or other markings noted. The text block has a large foldover that runs from the front endpaper thru about the first fifty pages, before it becomes so faint as to not be visable. The map is missing from the rear as well. However tattered this may be, still the foundation for building a complete set of 1st impressions, quite suitable for rebinding. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #654
Price: $2,500.00
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The Fellowship of the Ring, 1st Edition 1st Impression 1954
His Dark Materials, Comprised of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.
London: Scholastic Press, 2005. First Thus. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A set of the trade hardcover 10th Anniversary 1st Editions of His Dark Materials, comprised of Northern Lights (renamed the Golden Compass for the soon to be released movie), The Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass, with each of the 3 volumes signed to the Title Page. Each volume is a Fine hard back in Fine dust wrappers, All 3 books are SIGNED by the author on the three title pages. This is not the limited edition. These books were printed to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary 1995 --- 2005. As the books were printed in 2005 these edition are first printings of the Anniversary Edition and hence contain the numbers 1 to 10 on the publication page. Plus a signed copy of Lyra's Oxford with the accompanying, rarer trial 'dustwrapper'. All books and dustjackets are unread and As New. Also includes a special bonus of a signed copy of 'Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things', in wraps as issued. This is one of only 500 copies that were printed. It contains Pullman's full text to his closing address, delivered at the 2002 NATE Conference. Especially elusive in this signed state. You will received a total of 5 signed books by Philip Pullman, as well as the trial dustwrapper for Lyra's Oxford. A wonderful selection of signed copies for the discriminating collector. With the movie, the Golden Compass soon to be released, these will not last long. Digital images available on request. Any questions, please feel free to inquire. Item #403
Price: $695.00
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His Dark Materials, Comprised of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.
The History of Middle Earth, Volumes 1 - 12
London: Allen & Unwin/Unwin Hyman/Harper Collins, 1983. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A complete History of Middle Earth, in Twelve Volumes. All 12 volumes in Near Fine in Near Fine/Very Good Plus dustjackets. Only the lightest of rubbing to the dustjackets, no chipping or loss to any. #3 The Lays of Beleriand shows some wrinkling in the laminate, as often found. A slight bit of fading to the spine of #5 The Lost Road, only noticeable if dustjacket is spread out. #7 The Treason of Isengard has a small 1/4" closed tear to the top of the front spine fold. An outstanding set for the collector. Allen and Unwin first printings of the first 4 volumes housed in a black buckram slipcase with ribbon pull, Unwin Hyman first printings of the second 4 volumes housed in a black buckram slipcase with ribbon pull, and Harper Collins first printings of the final 4 volumes, housed in a black buckram slipcase with a silk ribbon pull. Only 2 volumes are price clipped, #5 & #6, with Unwin Hyman price label on #5. Points of issue on the 12 books are as follows: No price on dustjacket #1, #2, #4, #7, #9, #11, #12. Price on dustjackets #3, #5, #8, #10. No names or writing in any of the books. No foxing or offsetting in any of the books. The first four books, published by Allen & Unwin have the topstain on the top edge. The final 3 volumes have the slightest toning to the edges of the text block as is so often found, #10 & #12 much less than the norm. #12 The Peoples of Middle Earth is an exceptional copy, no rubbing or flaws to the dustjacket as is so often the case with this very scarce book. Edited by Christopher Tolkien from his father's manuscripts, detailing the evolution of Tolkien's life long works dealing with Middle Earth. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #751
Price: $3,950.00
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The History of Middle Earth, Volumes 1 - 12
The History of Middle Earth, Part I Limited Deluxe Edition
London: Harper Collins, 2000. J.R.R. Tolkien. Limited. Quarter Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The History of Middle-Earth Part I. Harper Collins Publishers, the 1st printing of 2000, The Deluxe Limited Edition, limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Comprised of the first 5 books of the History of Middle Earth Series, edited by Christopher Tolkien, and printed on India Paper. Quarter Bound in Black Leather with Gilt title, Author, Publisher and Tolkien Monogram to the spine. This copy is in Near Fine condition, showing only slight rubbing to the boards. Matching in size and design the Harper Collins Limited Editions of the Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and The Hobbit. Has the large Tolkien Monogram to the front boards. Housed in the original publishers cloth slipcase with the Tolkien Monogram on the exterior, matching the gilt design on the book. An beautiful copy, pages are clean and bright, no mars to the gilded edges. Near Fine book in Near Fine slipcase, only most minor fingerprints or dustmarks noted. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1348
Price: $1,150.00
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The History of Middle Earth, Part I Limited Deluxe Edition
The Hobbit *Signed Alan Lee Deluxe Ltd. Ed.*
London: Harper Collins, 1997. Alan Lee. Limited/Numbered. Quarter Leather. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Quarter bound in Burgundy leather and cloth volume, housed in the publisher's original burgundy clothbound slipcase. Number 386 of a Limited Edition of only 600, specially bound and slipcased by the publisher to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first publication of "The Hobbit". Signed by the renowned artist, Alan Lee. Gilt title, gilded page edges, and gilt image of Smaug on the book and slipcase. A stunningly beautiful and scarce edition in Near Fine Condition, with a tiny stain at the top of the case, does not affect book. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Matched in size and style with the Limitied/Numbered Editions by Harper Collins, of the "Silmarillion" and "Lord of the Rings" also offered for sale at this time. Item #145
Price: $750.00
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The Hobbit *Signed Alan Lee Deluxe Ltd. Ed.*
The Hobbit, 1976 Folio/Deluxe Misbound Editions, Both States.
London: Folio/Allen and Unwin, 1976. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Thus. Quarter Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. These are the 1976 Folio Edition, 1st Impression's. This set of two books, are the first Folio Society publication of The Hobbit. They are examples of the two Folio Society variants, both in Near Fine condition with slipcase's. These are the true 1st printings of the 1st Folio Edition, with the Folio 1979 maroon colored edition being the 2nd printing of the Folio edition (per Hammond). Here you have both states with one having the Folio Society Title page, and the second Title page does not state "Folio Society" as it should, instead the pages are identical to the 1976 A&U Deluxe edition! Per Hammond, the Folio Society was to take the Deluxe edition pages and remove certain pages from the beginning (title page, copyright page, etc) and replace them with the Folio pages. However, a very few of the books were bound by the Folio Society with all of the original Deluxe pages included and not replaced with Folio pages, but with the binding being the Folio format. Very Scarce indeed! Gilt is still bright and untarnished on these books. Most minor of scuffing to the leather on the spines, a few liquid spots to the exterior of the slipcase's, a slight bit of browning to the fold areas of the maps in one copy the only faults. Very unusual and hard to find both variants. Additional digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #684
Price: $950.00
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The Hobbit, 1976 Folio/Deluxe Misbound Editions, Both States.
The Hobbit, 1st US Edition, Ex Library
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1938. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit or There and Back Again, 1st US Edition An Ex-Lib copy, with numerous stamps and damage to one page edge, stains, reinforcing on maps at the fold area. 1st impression, later state, with publishers device on title page, published in 1938. Decorative map endpapers, with 4 color and 9 mono plates all in nice condition with the reinforcing of the fold areas on both front and back. The first US impression is important for the addition of the 4 color illustrations by the author, and is the only one to feature the "Bilbo Woke up with the Early Sun in his Eye's" plate . This is the 1st and only early US edition published with Tolkien's color illustrations. Text block is complete, with numerous library stamps throughout. Pages are relatively clean, with a few smudges, and with a few small and 1 large tear with some loss, to the pages in the text block. Remnants of the original dustjacket laid in by the card pocket. A rough copy, with noted ex-lib faults, of an extremely scare and popular book. Provided with a facsimile dustjacket and marbled paper slipcase to house and protect.Additional digital images are available. Item #1194
Price: $1,125.00
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The Hobbit, 1st US Edition, Ex Library
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, First UK Edition, 2nd Impression, Fine Binding with Foredge Painting
London: Allen & Unwin, 1937. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Full-Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st UK Edition, 2nd Impression published by Allen & Unwin in 1937. First Edition, Second impression published 1937, same year as 1st impression. Decorative map endpapers lifted and reused, with 4 color and 9 mono plates all in excellent condition. The second impression is important for the addition of the 4 color illustrations by the author. This is the 1st and only early UK edition published with Tolkien's color illustrations. One of only 1877 copies of the original 2300 that survived the bombing of London in November 1940. This copy has been elegantly rebound by the Temple Bindery in full Dark Green Morocco leather. Features Tolkiens original Dragon design gilt stamped on the front board with a single gilt rule to the edges. The rear board has the single gilt rule, while the spine features raised bands, compartments with Title and Author inlayed on Dark Maroon Morocco leather. Has no writing or inscriptions. Pages are clean and bright, with only a few spots of foxing noted in the text block or on the maps. All edges have been trimmed and gilded, with a foredge painting of Bilbo, The Dragon, and Gandalf on forward edge, and Gollum, Barrels out of Bounds, and Lake Town to the reverse edge. A beautiful copy, in a fabulous finely crafted binding. A custom green cloth slipcase is included to protect and display this wonderful copy. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1191
Price: $7,250.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, First UK Edition, 2nd Impression, Fine Binding with Foredge Painting
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 UK 7th Impression in Original Dustjacket.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1955. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Allen & Unwin in 1955. The book is in Near Fine condition. The covers show a bit of fading to the edges and where the white areas of the dustjacket didn't protect from fading as well. No previous owners names or any other writing noted. The dustjacket is price clipped, both front and rear flap, with the publishers new price printed below the impression notation on the front flap. Two months into production of the 7th Impression of the Hobbits, along with the remaining original 7th Impression dustjackets, this true UK 7th impression dustjacket was price clipped -- both front and rear flap -- by Allen & Unwin publishing company itself, with their new price of 12s.6d overprinted below the impression notation on the front flap. A bit of tanning to the flap edges and very lightly to the spine. Some light soiling to the white areas of the dustjacket. A light bit of rubbing and color loss at the folds, along with some wear to the edges, a few bits of color loss at the top of the spine. A small closed tear and minor rubbing to the bottom of the spine. No other faults noted, the original dustjacket is in beautiful condition overall. The original green cloth features dark blue stamping of Tolkien's own design, the beautiful Mountains and Dragon. The title verso has the full printing history up to this 7th impression of 1955, and the original dustjacket is correctly marked the 7th impression. Colors are bright and unsoiled, with only the slightest darkening of the light areas on the spine. Edges of the text block are clean and unfoxed, with the topstain faded but still evident. A beautiful copy, of an early printing, of this much sought after children's classic. Additional digital images are available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1292
Price: $2,250.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 UK 7th Impression in Original Dustjacket.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1956 8th Impression with Dustjacket
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1956. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A Near Fine copy of an extremely scarce early Hobbit. The 1956 printing, of the 2nd Edition (1951), or the 8th printing overall (1937). This copy is a stated 8th impression from the dustjacket, published by Houghton Mifflin from sheets imported from Great Britain. Stated 8th impression on front flap, not price clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain. One of probably only 1000 imported from Allen & Unwin, lacking the printing history on title verso, to help them circumvent the import restrictions and US copyright laws. The book features the original dustjacket with the Mountains and Dragon design by the author. The boards show no soiling or marking, no shelfwear to note. The text block is clean, without foxing. No bumped corners, virtually without fault. The dustjacket is not price clipped, and has no markings. It shows only the most minor of rubbing, with a very small amount of loss, to the top of the spine area. The front has a tiny bit of rubbing and minor loss to the tips of the folds. A beautiful clean copy, one of the copies with the dark reddish brown boards stamped in blue, that are very hard to find. Contains the full color frontispiece "The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water", as well as the original line drawings by Tolkien. The maps are in excellent condition, with the red and black ink still showing clear and bright against the endpapers. Both maps have no foxing, no marks, or previous owners names. A highly collectable copy, hard to find in this Near Fine condition. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1298
Price: $1,000.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1956 8th Impression with Dustjacket
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1946 1st Edition in Dust Jacket, with Custom Clamshell Case.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1946. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Original Cloth. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Fourth impression published 1946, the final publication of the 1st Edition. An exquisite copy, showing no foxing to the maps or pages. The decorative map endpapers are clean & bright in Fine condition. No previous owner's name or any other writing noted. Color frontispiece, 8 mono plates, and text block all in Fine condition. Straight and square, no spine lean, a well protected copy, very unusual for these early 1st Editions to survive in this condition. Produced in conformity with the war time standard's, with the distinctive 'War Time Economy Standards' title verso. This copy has its original price clipped dustjacket in Near Fine condition. Has a 1/4" closed tear at the top front flap fold of the spine, one tiny chip to the top rear flap fold area, two other small closed tears to the bottom edge of the front, all closed tears virtually invisible. The dustjacket is in archival protector, to help preserve this unrestored and unrepaired original dustjacket. Pages are clean and bright, no tears or stains. Still shows the green topstain, crisp and clean. No shelf wear to the edges of the boards, no bumped corners. The original decorative green cloth, is unsoiled without any fading to the spine area. A beautiful collectable copy. Uncommon in this Excellent condition. Custom slipcase with Dark Green Faux leather, gilt stamped to reflect the original 'Mountains and Dragon' design by the author. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1366
Price: $6,000.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1946 1st Edition in Dust Jacket, with Custom Clamshell Case.
The Lord of the Rings - Original 1963 UK Deluxe Set, in Original Pauline Baynes Triptych Slipcase, Signed By the Author.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1963. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, published by George Allen & Unwin in 1963. The true 1st Deluxe Edition of the 3 volumes of the Lord of the Rings, comprised of "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers", and "The Return of the King". The Fellowship of the Ring is signed by the author, J.R.R. Tolkien, to the title page. A wonderful provenance on this signature, as it comes with a note signed by Merlin Unwin, the son of Rayner Unwin. It states that The Fellowship, "belonged to my father Rayner Unwin (Tolkien's editor and publisher) and was kept in his personal library at our family home in Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire. After his death in 2000 it remained there until the death of his widow, Carol, in 2012. Merlin Unwin". The young lad whose book report was instrumental in the publishing of the Hobbit, kept this signed copy for many years. Has the initials A.R.R. to the back of the free endpaper. It has been added to this partial set, which had the original slipcase and the other two books, to complete this lovely set. I know of only one other signed set of this Deluxe Edition, which was given to Pauline Baynes, and recently sold for an extremely high price at auction. This set is bound in the original Black Buckram cloth with gilt titles, author and publisher to the spines of each volume. Each volume features Bevel-Edged boards, gilded page edges, and the original silk bookmark sewn in. The books are in Very Good Plus condition showing some light rubbing and marks to the covers, with almost no marks or rubbing to the gilded edges, Initials to the back free endpaper, with no other writing or inscriptions in any of the books, except for the authors signature. The textblocks are clean and unmarked, with a very tight binding. The original maps are all present, and have no tears or misfolds, nor any browning to the folds as often happens. The spine of the Two Towers is only slightly lighter in color, less so than the common flaw with this edition. Seems to only occur with the Two Towers, and rarely the other two books. The books are housed in the very scarce original publishers slipcase featuring the Pauline Baynes color "Triptych" artwork. This case has some minor splits starting to the entry corners, but very little rubbing to the back corners, and no bumped corners as is often found. Clean and bright, one of the nicest I've run across in many years. The scarcest of all the original Allen & Unwin 1st Editions, as well as the Houghton Mifflin issues, with the signed copy added, makes a marvelous set for the Tolkien enthusiast. According to publishers records, 1000 or less sets produced. Briefly mentioned in the Tolkien bibliography by Hammond and Anderson on page 98. The outside of the slipcase show some superficial rubbing, one small scuff to the back side edge, but whole & complete, without any major stains or faults. A rare opportunity for this scarce signed set with it's original Pauline Baynes illustrated slipcase. A full leather clamshell case has been crafted to house this wonderful set, including the original slipcase. The clamshell features full black leather with recessed panels, holding reproductions of Pauline Baynes color "Triptych" artwork. A beautiful presentation to house and protect this extraordinary set. Digital images available upon request. Other Tolkien sets, original and rebound are available. Inquire if interested. A wonderful addition to anyone's Tolkien collection. Item #1228
Price: $22,500.00
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The Lord of the Rings - Original 1963 UK Deluxe Set, in Original Pauline Baynes Triptych Slipcase, Signed By the Author.
The Lord of the Rings, 1960 Set By Readers Union, with Dustjackets
London: Readers Union, 1960. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A beautiful looking set of this unusual presentation of Tolkien's trilogy. Not for sale to the general public, limited to members of the Readers Union only. Published by the Readers Union in 1960 with the permission of George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London. The books are in Very Good Plus condition, with no names or writing, and no offsetting or foxing to the endpapers. Housed in the original dustjackets, all are Very Good Plus condition, with the books having a bit of loss to the top and bottom of the spine ends, and the corners of the fold areas. None of the dustjackets are price clipped, and showing a bit of tanning or soiling to the spines. These unusual dustjackets are in Very Good Plus condition, and show beautifully. All maps are tipped in at the rear, and in excellent condition. Small tear on each where attached to rear free endpaper, now neatly repaired. Only the slightest of browning mainly at the fold areas, on the Fellowship's map. This is the set that features a line drawing by an unnamed artist for Readers Union of 'Sauron's Eye'. The only set to have this particular and very unusual dustjacket. Scarce in this lovely condition. Includes a custom foil stamped slipcase for display and protection of these beautiful books. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #814
Price: $765.00
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The Lord of the Rings, 1960 Set By Readers Union, with Dustjackets
The Lord of the Rings, 1st US Edition, Early Impressions with Dusjtackets.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1955/1955/1956 1st Editions, 2nd imp./3rd imp./1st Impressions respectively. A beautiful set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is housed in a custom slipcase to show and protect this beautiful set. The set is all original cloth with the correct original dustjackets. The Fellowship of the Ring corresponds to the 3rd impression of the UK 1st Edition, but is the 2nd US impression, as Houghton Mifflin did not order any of the 2nd UK impressions. The Very Good dustjacket of the Fellowship exhibits a small amount of loss to the corners and tips of the spine area, along with some minor chips to the back panel and flap fold area. The spine is lightly faded but the front panel still shows nice bright colors. There are a couple of small pinholes on the spine, and a larger chip at the rear bottom spine fold area. The Two Towers Near Fine dustjacket exhibits all the correct issue points for this early copy, including the "stripe, gap and cufflink" points. There is only minor rubbing at the spine fold area, no loss or chips, beautiful bright colors, a tiny bit of fading to the spine, hardly noticeable. The Fellowship dustjacket has the photo of Tolkien in a 'V' on the rear panel, is not priced, and has the 'w' nicked on the front flap, line 11. The Return of the King dustjacket has the oversized '5' in the price with double uprights, the correct issue point for a true 1st Impression. The Very Good Plus dustjacket on The Return of the King shows some rubbing and minor loss at the spine tips and along the flap fold with minor loss to the tips. One closed tear with a pinhole sized loss to the front panel, the only other fault, a bit of soiling to the white areas, mainly on the back panel and flaps The books are tight and clean without inscriptions or writing, no foxing or offsetting noted. The Fellowship does have a book plate on the front pastedown, hidden by the dustjacket flap. None of the dustjackets are price clipped, and all lack any foxing whatsoever. Besides being a truly beautiful looking set, this set is very scarce and collectable. The original maps are present in all three volumes, no extra folds or tears noted. A small bookstore sticker on the rear pastedown of the Return of the King. Additional digital images can be supplied on request. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. A wonderful addition to anyone's Tolkien collection. Item #1010
Price: $2,000.00
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The Lord of the Rings, 1st US Edition, Early Impressions with Dusjtackets.
The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition with Original Dustjackets and Custom Slipcase.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1965. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen and Unwin in 1965, these books are later impressions of the 1st UK Edition, originally published in 1954/1954/1955 respectively. The Fellowship of the Rings is a 14th impression published in 1965. The Two Towers is a 11th impression published in 1965. The Return of the King is an 11th impression published in 1965. All three books have their correct impression, non price clipped original dustjackets, in Near Fine condition showing some light rubbing and a tiny bit of tanning to the spine with no loss to the edges or fold areas. The books are in Near Fine condition with no offsetting or foxing, no previous owners names or markings in any of the books. The gilt to all three books clean and bright, with one spot to the rear cloth of the Return, (looks like a damp thumb print). Each book has it's own original foldout map tipped in at the rear, and all are in excellent condition with no tears or extra folds noted. A custom faux leather slipcase to house and protect this wonderful set of books. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1255
Price: $800.00
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The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition with Original Dustjackets and Custom Slipcase.
The Lord of the Rings, 1960 Set By Readers Union, with Dustjackets and Slipcase.
London: Readers Union, 1960. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A beautiful set of this unusual presentation of Tolkien's trilogy. Not for sale to the general public, limited to members of the Readers Union only. Published by the Readers Union in 1960 with the permission of George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London. The books are in Very Good Plus condition, with no names or writing, and with a slight amount of offsetting to the endpapers. Housed in the original dustjackets, all are Very Good Plus condition, having a bit of loss to the top and bottom of the spine ends, and the corners of the fold areas. None of the dustjackets are price clipped, and they show a bit of light tanning to the spines. These unusual dustjackets are in Very Good Plus condition, and show beautifully. All maps are tipped in at the rear, and in excellent condition, with a touch of browning to the center fold area. This set features a line drawing by an unnamed artist for The Readers Union, of 'Sauron's Eye'. The only set to have this particular and very unusual dustjacket. Scarce in this lovely condition. Includes a custom foil stamped slipcase for display and protection of these beautiful books. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1308
Price: $750.00
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The Lord of the Rings, 1960 Set By Readers Union, with Dustjackets and Slipcase.
The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition with Original Dustjackets and Custom Slipcase.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1966. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen and Unwin in 1965 and 1966, these books are later impressions of the 1st UK Edition, originally published in 1954/1954/1955 respectively. The Fellowship of the Rings is a 15th impression published in 1966. The Two Towers is a 12th impression published in 1966. The Return of the King is an 11th impression published in 1965. All three books have their correct impression, non price clipped original dustjackets, in Near Fine condition showing some light rubbing and almost no tanning to the spines, with no loss to the edges or fold areas. The books are in Near Fine condition with no offsetting or foxing, no previous owners names or markings in any of the books. Each book has a Liverpool Booksellers sticker to the front pastedown, identical in each book. The gilt to all three books clean and bright, with a couple of spots of glue residue to the cloth of the Return and Fellowship, from the old style dustjacket protectors. Each book has it's own original foldout map tipped in at the rear, and all are in excellent condition with no tears or extra folds noted. A custom faux leather slipcase to house and protect this wonderful set of books. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1440
Price: $900.00
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The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition with Original Dustjackets and Custom Slipcase.
The New Testament in the Westminster Version of the Sacred Scriptures, Signed By J.R.R. Tolkien
Covent Garden & Glasgow: Sands & Co Ltd, 1947. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The New Testament in the Westminster Version of the Sacred Scriptures, published by Sands & Company Ltd in 1947. This copy of the New Testament was previously owned by J.R.R. Tolkien. In the text block are numerous notes and bibliographical amendments by the noted author. In some cases Professor Tolkien even corrects errors in the Bible's footnotes (who else would do this, other than J.R.R. Tolkien!). There are numerous instances of burned spots from tobacco ash falling on the pages. The front free endpaper has a wonderful example of his signature, characterized by the three dots and underlying 'swoosh' he has become famous for. The handwritten script in the notes can be compared favorably to known handwritten Lord of the Rings script pages archived at Marquette University, and reprinted in pages of the History of Middle Earth. A letter of provenance is included from a member of the family that previously owned this Bible, stating, "This New Testament was handed down to me from my parents who had known the Tolkiens (in Bournemouth) since the sixties. They had often talked fondly about the time spent with them and used to say how they were very happy people who enjoyed the simple things in life like hearty conversation amongst friends. All the amendments within its pages are totally genuine as well as the tobacco as both my parents never smoked." A very significant and personal item, originally published a few years after The Hobbit, and a few years before The Lord of the Rings. Much has been written about Tolkien's personal faith which was so subtly and skillfully infused into the moral fabric of Middle Earth, and which he drew upon to convince fellow author C.S. Lewis that the Gospels truly represented "the greatest story ever told". The notes and emendations in this New Testament display a knowledge and fluency with scripture which is on par with his stunning literary and linguist skills. A marvelous and unique Christian association copy for the discriminating Tolkien Collector. A custom leather clamshell case is being prepared to house and protect this highly sought after J.R.R. Tolkien Signed New Testament. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1343
Price: $7,500.00
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The New Testament in the Westminster Version of the Sacred Scriptures, Signed By J.R.R. Tolkien
The Peoples of Middle-Earth, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, with Dustjacket
London: Harper Collins, 1996. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Peoples of Middle-Earth, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien. Published by Harper Collins in 1996. This book is in Near Fine condition, with no writing or previous owners names. The paper has lightly browned at the edges, as is common with the last 3 volumes of the series, due to paper quality issues. There is no foxing or offsetting to the interior of the textblock, and no spotting to the edges. The dustjacket is not priced or clipped, indicating this is the export edition. It shows very little rubbing to the glossy surface, minor edgewear with a tiny bit of color loss to the upper rear spine fold area. The spine is not faded as is often the case. This remains the toughest of the series to find, as Harper Collins pulled the edition from shelves, and pulped them, leaving only a very few copies in circulation. This is not a library or Print on Demand copy, but a highly prized true UK 1st Edition 1st Impression in wonderful condition. From the blurb, 'The final volume of the 12 volume series of The History of Middle-Earth in which Christopher Tolkien shows the evolution, from his fathers records and essays, of the chronology of the later Ages, the Calendars, the Hobbit genealogies, and the Westron language or Common Speech. This book concludes with two unfinished stories, The New Shadow, taking place in Gondor of The Fourth Age, and the tale of Tal-elmar, the coming of the dreaded Numenorean ships as seen through the eyes of men during the Dark Years.' Additional digital images are available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1124
Price: $880.00
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The Peoples of Middle-Earth, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, with Dustjacket
The Silmarillion, 1982 Super Deluxe Limited Numbered Edition
London: Allen & Unwin, 1977. Limited/Numbered. Full-Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Allen and Unwin in 1982. This is the Super Deluxe Limited Numbered Edition. "This is copy number 266 of the first one thousand copies off the press of the first edition of The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, reserved for later publication in this collector's edition." A Near Fine example of the very hard to find Super Deluxe Limited Edition issued to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the first publication of The Silmarillion. Collected and edited by Christopher Tolkien after his fathers death. Original publishers full red leather binding, with raised bands, gilt stamping, and top edge gilded as issued. The book features red silk ribbon marker bound in, raised bands and gilt stamped Title, Author, and Publisher on the spine. The front boards features the JRRT Monogram gilt stamped in single gilt ruled box. Blind stamp of the heraldic device Tolkien designed to represent Luthien Tinuviel to the rear boards. On the first free endpaper, the Publisher's Limitation Plate, gives the Limitation number of 266 of 1000. A striking example of a very hard to find book. Matches in size and style the 1987 Unwin Hyman Super Deluxe Limited Edition of the Hobbit. No foxing, no previous owners name or any other writing. There are no faults to the book, no offsetting, no scratches or shelfwear to the bottom edge of the boards. The slipcase is the original publishers slipcase with the opening edged with matching red leather. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1385
Price: $4,000.00
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The Silmarillion, 1982 Super Deluxe Limited Numbered Edition
The Silmarillion, with Hand Drawn 'Balrog' Sketch
London: Harper Collins, 1998. Ted Nasmith. First Thus. Hard Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. "This new edition of 'The Silmarillion' contains 20 full color illustrations specially commissioned from artist Ted Nasmith." This copy is signed to the title page, and has a hand drawn sketch of a Balrog by Ted Nasmith, to the half title page, signed and dated April '08. Colored map endpapers, no names or writing. Edited by Christopher Tolkien, after his fathers death. 'The Tales of the Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration and source of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing: he worked on the book throughout his life, but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins The Lord of the Rings, it is the story of the First Age of Tolkien's world, the ancient drama to which characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, and in which some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.' Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #535
Price: $1,100.00
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The Silmarillion, with Hand Drawn 'Balrog' Sketch