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Tolkien's Ring, Signed By the Author, and Illustrated By Alan Lee
London: Pavilion Books, 2011. Alan Lee. First Thus. Hard Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Tolkiens Ring by David Day, Illustrated by Alan Lee. Published in the United Kingdom in 2011 by Pavilion Books. A beautiful copy of an exquisite book featuring numerous full page color illustrations, by Alan Lee, as well as being illustrated to almost every page with his wonderful black and white line drawings. Number line indicates this is the 1st printing. Signed to the title page by the author, "David Day", with "Toronto 2011/12". From the blurb, 'Tolkien's Rings is a literary detective work about JRR Tolkien's inspiration and sources. It shows how The Lord of the Rings is the result of an ancient story-telling tradition that dates back to the dawn of western culture; and how by drawing upon the world's primary myths and legends, JRR Tolkien created his own mythology for the twentieth century'. A near fine copy with a couple of minor bumps to the lower edge of the front boards, without dustjacket as issued. No names or writing, clean and bright, no foxing. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, Limited Editions, and odd bits of ephemera are available. Item #1498
Price: $75.00
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Tolkien's Ring, Signed By the Author, and Illustrated By Alan Lee
Folio Deluxe Limited Editions of The Hobbit and The Silmarillion
Bath: Folio Society, 2003. Ingahild Grathmer and drawn by Eric Fraser. Limited/Numbered. Quarter Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Folio Society Deluxe Editions of The Hobbit and The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien. These are the Folio Society Limited Numbered Editions, both books have the Limitation Number of #1272. Now available as a HAND BOUND LIMITED EDITION in a magnificent new binding of Moroccan goatskin leather and pure Indian silk. Individually numbered and limited to just 1750 copies. Don't miss this rare opportunity to own a piece of history. A must for all Tolkien fans and serious collectors as well! Along with everyone's favorite story from Middle-Earth, The Hobbit, you also have J.R.R. Tolkien's account of the Elder Days, the tales of the Silmarillion are legends deriving from a much deeper past, when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him to recover the Silmarils. Originally published in 1977, 4 years after his death, Christopher Tolkien has gathered together and edited, what he considered his life's work. Additional digital photo's 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 #1352
Price: $1,350.00
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Folio Deluxe Limited Editions of The Hobbit and The Silmarillion
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1958 10th Impression with Dustjacket
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A Near Fine copy of an extremely scarce early Hobbit. The 1958 printing, of the 2nd Edition (1951), or the 10th printing overall (1937). This copy is a stated 10th impression from the dustjacket, published by Houghton Mifflin from sheets imported from Great Britain. Stated 10th 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. One small closed tear on the lower edge of the back panel. A beautiful, bright, clean copy, one of the copies with the dark light green 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 #1326
Price: $750.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1958 10th Impression with Dustjacket
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1956 8th Impression with Dustjacket
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1956. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 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 dustjackets has a couple of closed tears, one to the upper front panel and another to the upper rear panel, no loss noted. A bit of rubbing and wear to the top of the spine, some minor color loss at the flap folds. The boards show no soiling or marking, no shelfwear to note. The text block is clean, without foxing, a previous owners name to the front pastedown, hidden by the dustjacket flap. No other markings, no bumped corners, clean boards, virtually without fault. The dustjacket is not price clipped, and has no markings. 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 #1327
Price: $900.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1956 8th Impression with Dustjacket
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1956 8th Impression in Dustjacket
London: Allen & Unwin, 1956. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Allen & Unwin in 1956, this is the eighth impression in its matching eighth impression dustjacket. The book is in Near Fine condition, with a little light fading to the spine from sunlight shining thru the white sections of the dustjacket. The dustjacket is lightly soiled and shows some loss to the spine ends, mainly the top. A bit of rubbing and loss to the flap fold corners, only minor rubbing to the edges, other than the upper spine area. No previous owners names or other writing to be found. No foxing marks or offsetting noted. The boards are the original green cloth with dark blue stamping of Tolkien's own Mountains and Dragon design, with one slightly bumped corner. The title verso has the full printing history up to this eighth impression of 1956. The original dustjacket is correctly marked the 8th impression. The dustjacket is price clipped and in Very Good condition. The edges of the text block are clean and unfoxed, with the top edge faded but still showing a slight tint from the original green topstain. A custom slipcase will be provided to protect and show this beautiful copy of an early printing of this much sought after children's classic. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1381
Price: $975.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1956 8th Impression in Dustjacket
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1963 14th Impression in Dustjacket.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1963. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A beautiful copy of an early printing of The Hobbit. The 1963 14th overall printing, or the 10th printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine book in a Very Good Plus original dustjacket designed by Tolkien, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 14th impression on front flap, not priced or clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain, this dustjacket shows a little wear to the edges, with a bit or rubbing to the flap folds and spine ends. The top of the spine fold area has a small closed tear to the front fold with a tiny amount of color loss. The book is clean and bright with the bright green colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows no shelf wear, soiling, or bumped corners. Features the title, dwarves hat, author and publisher stamped on the spine in blue. Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well. 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, red and black ink still show clear and bright against the unfoxed endpapers. No previous owners names or writing in the book. The jacket shows no soiling in the white sections, and the spine is only slightly tanned. A beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this Near Fine/Very Good Plus condition. A custom faux leather slipcase to house this lovely edition is provided, featuring the Mountains and Dragon design as found on the UK cover. 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 #1398
Price: $400.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1963 14th Impression in Dustjacket.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 US 6th Impression with Dustjacket
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A very scarce copy of an early printing of the US Edition. The 1954 Houghton Mifflin Edition, 6th overall printing, or the 2nd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Very Good Plus copy in Very Good Minus condition original dustjacket designed by Tolkien, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 6th printing on front flap, not priced or clipped, with the handwritten $2.50 price, noted as printed in Great Britain. This is the only jacket that states "In Preparation" above "The Lord of the Rings" on the back flap. Only the 2nd printings of the 2nd edition have this notation. One of 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 text block is clean and bright, bound in the teal colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows very little shelf wear, slight rubbing at the folds, no soiling to note, a couple of bumped corners. Features the title, dwarves hat, author, and publisher stamped on the spine in blue. Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well. 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, red and black ink, still show clear and bright against the unfoxed endpapers. No previous owners name or writing, other than one small pen mark on page 98, marking a reading place, perhaps? The dustjacket shows a considerable amount of wear and loss to the top of the spine, and the folds at the flaps have wear and color loss. The flap folds are starting to split and have been reinforced with archival tape, as well as a few other tears to the edges. The main faults are at the top of the spine, the lower front area of the spine, and a small missing segment of the border at the top right of the front panel. The jacket shows a light amount of soiling in the white sections, and the spine is lightly tanned. Overall a wonderful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in almost any condition. A custom slipcase to house this lovely edition is provided, featuring the Mountains and Dragon design as found on the UK cover, to protect and show this classic of fantasy literature. 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 #1439
Price: $900.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 US 6th Impression with Dustjacket
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 US 6th Impression with Dustjacket and Custom Leather Slipcase
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A very scarce copy of an early printing of the US Edition. The 1954 Houghton Mifflin Edition, 6th overall printing, or the 2nd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine copy in a Very Good Plus condition original dustjacket designed by Tolkien, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 6th printing on front flap, not priced or clipped, title page verso notes as "Printed in Great Britain". This is the only jacket that states "In Preparation" above "The Lord of the Rings" on the back flap. Only the 2nd printings of the 2nd edition have this notation. One of 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 text block is clean and bright, bound in the teal colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows very little shelf wear, slight rubbing at the folds, no soiling to note, the spine is darkened, but the corners are unbumped. Features the title, dwarves hat, author, and publisher stamped on the spine in blue. Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well. 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, red and black ink, still show clear and bright against the unfoxed endpapers. No previous owners name or writing. The dustjacket shows a bit of loss to the top of the spine, while the flap folds show only the most minor rubbing and slight color loss. A few minor closed tears along the edges, with a small amount of loss from a 1 inch closed tear to the lower edge of the back panel. The main fault is the top of the spine with the 3/4 inch missing segment of the border. A wonderful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in almost any condition. A full leather custom slipcase to house this lovely edition is provided, featuring the Mountains and Dragon design as found on the UK cover, to protect and show this classic of fantasy literature. 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 #1472
Price: $1,200.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 US 6th Impression with Dustjacket and Custom Leather Slipcase
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 UK 7th Impression in Custom Leather Slipcase
London: Allen & Unwin, 1955. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 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. Previous owners name and "April 1956" date in pencil to first free blank page. Small "Parkers of Oxford" sticker to margin of front map. The dustjacket is not price clipped, with the publishers original price of "9s, 6d. net" to the front and rear flap. Two months into production of the 7th Impression of the Hobbit, along with the remaining original 7th Impression dustjackets, Allen & Unwin changed the price as found on the UK 7th impression dustjacket. At about the same time they asked for the 8th impression dustjackets to be price clipped and reprinted with the new price of "12s. 6d. net" as well. It appears that there are numerous instances involving both the 7th and 8th printings, where some of the dustjackets were not repriced, and it also appears that some of these may have been placed on the incorrect impression of the books. The jackets were 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. So this copy is one of the few found with the original price of 9s 6., even with the later dustjacket which appears to be original to this copy. A bit of tanning to the flap edges and to the white areas of the dustjacket, slightly more so to the spine. Some light edgewear and minor chips with color loss at the top of the spine, and a smaller amount to the bottom. Tips of the flap folds show some rubbing and loss, mainly to the top folds. The top back of the spine fold area has a 1/2 inch closed tear with a bit of creasing and subsequent color loss to the edges. The original green cloth features dark blue stamping of Tolkien's own design, the iconic Mountains and Dragon. The title verso has the full printing history up to this 7th impression of 1955, and the original dustjacket is as mentioned marked the 8th impression. Colors are bright and the white areas are soiled, with some darkening of the light areas on the spine. Edges of the text block are clean and unfoxed, with the green topstain slightly faded and a bit dusty. A full dark green leather slipcase, featuring Tolkien Mountain and Dragon design to the front board, and his JRRT monogram to the rear in gilt. 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 #1473
Price: $1,350.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 UK 7th Impression in Custom Leather Slipcase
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1963 14th Impression in Dustjacket, with Custom Leather Slipcase
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1963. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A beautiful copy of an early printing of The Hobbit. The 1963 14th overall printing, or the 10th printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine book in a Near Fine/Very Good Plus original dustjacket designed by Tolkien, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 14th impression on front flap, not priced or clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain, this dustjacket shows a little rubbing to the spine folds and to the flap folds, with minor chips and color loss. The book is clean and bright with the bright green colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows no shelf wear, soiling, or bumped corners. Features the title, dwarves hat, author and publisher stamped on the spine in blue. Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well. 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, red and black ink still show clear and bright against the unfoxed endpapers. No previous owners names or writing in the book. The jacket shows no soiling in the white sections, and the spine is only slightly tanned. A beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this Near Fine/Very Good Plus condition. A custom green leather slipcase to house this lovely edition is provided, featuring the Mountains and Dragon design as found on the UK cover. 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 #1487
Price: $450.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1963 14th Impression in Dustjacket, with Custom Leather Slipcase
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 7th Impression in Dustjacket, with Custom Leather Slipcase
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A fantastic copy of an early printing of The Hobbit. The 1955, 7th overall printing, or the 3rd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine copy in Very Good Plus original dustjacket, designed by Tolkien, featuring his Mountains & Dragon design, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 7th impression on front flap, not priced, 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 text block is clean and bright, bound in the light brown khaki original cloth from the publisher. The dustjacket shows some minor wear, with rubbing to the dustjacket at the folds, a bit of tanning to the spine, no bumped corners. There are a few minor closed tears to the back panel with only minor loss. One chip out of the top rear edge approx 1/4", in the line of runes. Dustjacket colors still bright and clean, presents beautifully. Features the title, dwarves hat, author, and publisher stamped on the spine in blue. Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well. 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, red and black ink still show clear and bright against the unfoxed endpapers. A previous owners name and "Don't take this book" to the free endpaper (map), no other names or any other writing. Overall a beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this 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 #1489
Price: $1,200.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 7th Impression in Dustjacket, with Custom Leather Slipcase
The Hobbit. 1951 5th Impression with Original Dustjacket and Custom Clamshell Case
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1951. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A superb copy of an early printing of The Hobbit. The 1951, 5th overall printing, or the 1st printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine book, with a Very Good Plus dustjacket. The dustjacket shows beautifully, with only minor loss at the tips of the folds and edges, a little color loss to the top of the spine. A couple of closed tears to the edges of the front panel, one top, one bottom. The 5th impression dustjacket is original to the book, and has protected it well over the years. It is not price clipped, but show's no US or UK price, other than a hand printed $3.00. It is not stated as the 5th impression on the dustjacket, but is the 1st state with the Houghton Mifflin printed on the spine, no pricing, and the blurbs match the UK 5th impression. One of the original 1000 printed for the US and bound from November 1950 thru March 1953 (per Hammond and Anderson). The text block is clean and bright, without foxing, bound in the green colored original cloth featuring Tolkiens original Mountains and Dragon design stamped in dark blue, from the UK publisher. This is the only impression of the US 1st or 2nd Edition that features the original Mountain and Dragon design for the cover's. Shows no shelf wear or rubbing, no soiling to note, or bumped corners. A beautiful clean bright copy, still has the green topstain, only slightly marked or faded. 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, red and black ink still show clear and bright against the endpapers, with no foxing. Has a taped in Christmas gift note to the first blank page, no other writing or marks. A beautiful copy, virtually faultless, scarce in the original dustjacket in any condition, let alone the 1st state of the book and dustjacket. A custom quarter leather bound and hand marbled paper clamshell case is being prepared to protect and show this classic. The first to incorporate the changes to help conform the tale of The Hobbit to the 'Lord of the Rings' story line. Housed in a custom leather and marbled paper clamshell case to protect and show this highly collectable 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. Item #1593
Price: $1,750.00
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The Hobbit. 1951 5th Impression with Original Dustjacket and Custom Clamshell Case
The Lord of the Rings - Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King
London: Allen & Unwin, 1963. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Quarter Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring, 13th impression published by Allen & Unwin in 1963. The Two Towers, 9th impression published 1962. The Return of the King, 10th impression published 1963. All three books have been quarter bound in red leather, which is showing some scuffing and marking to the spines. The binding is distinguished by five raised bands, gilt rules, the Title and Author gilt stamped in two of the compartments, decorative device to the others. The edges of the text block are not trimmed, with the red top stain still visible, though slightly dusty and a bit faded. The boards also have a single gilt rule to the edges. All original maps are present, but have been slightly haphazardly mounted. One small hole to last page in the Return, from map being mounted. A handsome middle printing set of the famous trilogy. A nice item for the Tolkien collector. Beautiful looking set, with a classic design. 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 #1507
Price: $900.00
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The Lord of the Rings - Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings, 1963 1st US Edition Custom Leather Slipcase
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1963. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published in 1963 by Houghton Mifflin Co. A beautiful later impression set of the classic Lord of the Rings. Housed in a custom red leather slipcase, the colors of the dustjackets are bright and look spectacular. The Dustjackets range from Near Fine on The Fellowship, to Very Good Plus on the Two Towers and Return of the King. Minor edgewear and a few closed tears, small areas of color loss, mostly to the Return of the King. The Fellowship is not price clipped, while the other two are. The bright blue cloth is clean and bright, gilt still shines brightly on all 3 books. No soiling or edgewear to note, neat previous owners name to the Return. The original maps are present in all three volumes, no extra folds or tears noted. Further 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. Item #1479
Price: $600.00
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The Lord of the Rings, 1963 1st US Edition Custom Leather Slipcase
The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the Return of the King, The Infamous Ace "Pirated" Edition in Custom Slipcase.
New York: Ace Books, 1965. Jack Gaughan. First Thus. Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The infamous Ace Books "pirated edition" from 1965. The opening salvo of the "War over Middle- Earth". A beautifully bright and colorful, Very Good Plus/Near Fine matched set of this notorious edition. This is the only paperback 'Lord of the Rings' to be printed, based on the text of the later printings of the 1st Edition. All others were based on the revised editions. Houghton Mifflin, seemed to have been in technical violation of the law by having imported too many copies printed by Allen & Unwin. Ace Books took notice of the sales and overseas production of the books, (which are marked, 'Printed in Great Britain'), determined that the Lord of the Rings had fallen into the public domain in the United States, and launched their own edition in spring 1965. {Hammond and Anderson, pg 104} So to secure their American copyright, Tolkien was asked to submit new material to create a new Edition, and so secure their copyright beyond question. Tolkien conducted a personal campaign against Ace Books in letters to his American fans. The "War over Middle-earth' was fought in the popular press, with the publicity contributing to increased sales and popularity. Within a year, Ace gave in to public pressure. They agreed to print no more copies, and they negotiated royalties to be paid to Tolkien. This set of books has only slightly yellowed pages, much less than the norm, from the highly acidic paper, and no creasing to the spines. Only minor amount of rubbing to the exterior, with the covers very bright and clean, one creased corner to front of The Return of the King, one minor bump to the rear edge of The Two Towers. One folded over page in The Return, from the binders, as it has not been trimmed. No previous owners names, no other marks or writing noted. A custom faux leather slipcase featuring Tolkien's Ring and Eye device on one side, and his JRRT monogram gilt stamped on the case. Makes a beautiful presentation of these exceptional 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 #1457
Price: $180.00
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The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the Return of the King, The Infamous Ace "Pirated" Edition in Custom Slipcase.
The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the Return of the King, The Infamous Ace "Pirated" Edition in Custom Red Leather Slipcase.
New York: Ace Books, 1965. Jack Gaughan. First Thus. Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The infamous Ace Books "pirated edition" from 1965. The opening salvo of the "War over Middle- Earth". A very nice Near Fine matched set of this notorious edition. This is the only paperback 'Lord of the Rings' to be printed based on later printings of the 1st Edition. All others were based on the revised editions. Houghton Mifflin, seemed to have been in technical violation of the law by having imported too many copies printed by Allen & Unwin. Ace Books took notice of the sales and overseas production of the books, (which are marked, 'Printed in Great Britain'), determined that LotR's had fallen into the public domain in the United States, and launched their own edition in spring 1965. {Hammond and Anderson, pg 104} So to secure their American copyright, Tolkien was asked to submit new material to create a new Edition, and so secure their copyright beyond question. Tolkien conducted a personal campaign against Ace Books in letters to his American fans. The "War over Middle-earth' was fought in the popular press, with the publicity contributing to increased sales and popularity. Within a year, Ace gave in to public pressure. They agreed to print no more copies, and they negotiated royalties to be paid to Tolkien. This set of books has only lightly tanned pages, much less than the norm, from the highly acidic paper, and very light or no creasing to the spines. Only minor amount of rubbing to the exterior, with the covers very bright and clean. The Fellowship and the Two Towers are close to Fine with a tiny bit of rubbing to the corners, a date stamp of Jan 1996 to the top edge of the Fellowship. A bit more rubbing to the edges and the back of the Return of the King, with slight bit of color loss. No previous owners names, no other marks or writing noted. A custom red leather slipcase featuring Tolkien's Ring and Eye device on one side, and his JRRT monogram gilt stamped on the case. Makes a beautiful presentation of these exceptional 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 #1486
Price: $175.00
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The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the Return of the King, The Infamous Ace "Pirated" Edition in Custom Red Leather Slipcase.
The Silmarillion, 1982 Super Deluxe Signed Limited Numbered Edition #100
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 Signed Limited Numbered Edition. "This is copy number 100 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." Only the first 100 were signed by Christopher Tolkien to the Limitation Notice. To support this statement, this copy has the noted points or error's: Page 330 line 4 shows no period after Feanor. Page 352 line 39 has an italicized "and" in 'Lord of Waters and King of the Sea'. Making this the First State of the First Impression. 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. a couple of rubs to the top edge gilding, the only fault noted. The book features a red silk ribbon marker bound in, raised bands and gilt stamped Title, Author, and Publisher to 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 100 of 1000, and has a wonderful, clean flowing signature of Christopher Tolkien. The map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North appears as a fold-out map, and is printed in black and red, no tears or marks noted. A striking example of a very scarce and 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. The red leather is not faded to the spine, as is so often the case. The original slipcase has been replaced with a custom quarter bound red leather and cloth clamshell case, made by The Chelsea Bindery. Lined with red velvet, a fabulous home to protect and house this very scarce edition. 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 #1414
Price: $7,500.00
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The Silmarillion, 1982 Super Deluxe Signed Limited Numbered Edition #100
Beowulf and the Finnesburg Fragment
London: Allen & Unwin, 1950. First Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Beowulf and The Finnesburg Fragment, Translated into Modern English Prose by John R. Clark Hall. A New Edition Completely Revised with Notes and an Introduction by C.L. Wrenn. With Prefatory Remarks by J.R.R. Tolkien. First published by Allen & Unwin in 1911, with this being the Third Impression of 1950. The book is in Near Fine condition, with no marks or writing in it. Small booksellers label, Blackwells Oxford England, also has a previous owners bookplate to the front endpaper, hidden under the dustjacket flap. The dustjacket is price clipped. A bit of scattered foxing to the outer edges, none to the textblock itself, still very clean and bright. The covers are very clean and bright, having been protected by the original dustjacket. The light dustjacket has a bit of a shadow to the front panel, with a few minor chips to the edges, mainly at the spine and flap folds. The spine is lightly tanned, but the brown lettering is still bright and legible. Some minor rubbing and loss to the tips of the spine and fold areas. Orange topstain still visible, a bit dusty. A wonderful copy for the Tolkien completest, scarce in this lovely 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 #1346
Price: $150.00
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Beowulf and the Finnesburg Fragment
Beowulf and the Finnesburg Fragment
London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. First Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Beowulf and The Finnesburg Fragment, Translated into Modern English Prose by John R. Clark Hall. A New Edition Completely Revised with Notes and an Introduction by C.L. Wrenn. With Prefatory Remarks by J.R.R. Tolkien. First published by Allen & Unwin in 1911, with this being the Fourth Impression of 1954. The last printed page is a full page advertisement for books by J.R.R. Tolkien. Lists The Hobbit, 2nd Edition 5th Impression, Farmer Giles of Ham, and The Lord of the Rings "about 25s. net per vol" "In Three Parts: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King". This must be one of the first books to advertise The Lord of the Rings, and they had not set the final price yet. The book is in Near Fine condition, with a few ink and pencil marks along with annotations in it. A pair of previous owners names neatly to the front endpaper. The dustjacket is price clipped, and has a "Distributed by MacMillan" label on the front lower edge. No foxing to the endpapers or edges, none to the textblock itself, still very clean and bright. The covers are very clean and bright, having been protected by the original dustjacket. The green dustjacket has a bit of browning to the edges and spine, but with no wear or chips to the edges, spine, or flap folds. The spine is lightly tanned, but the brown lettering is still bright and legible. No topstain, top edges a bit dusty. A wonderful copy for the Tolkien completist, scarce in this lovely 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 #1499
Price: $85.00
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Beowulf and the Finnesburg Fragment
The History of The Hobbit, One-Volume Edition with Custom Slipcase
London: Harper Collins, 2013. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Thus. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The History of The Hobbit, One-Volume Edition, published by Harper Collins in 2013. From the blurb, 'The History of the Hobbit presents the complete text of the original manuscript of The Hobbit, and this is accompanied by John D. Rateliff's lively and informative commentary which reveals the story behind Tolkien's tale and discusses the many themes contained within. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines - chapter-by-chapter - why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien's ever growing concept of Middle-earth.' Contains the original account of Bilbo meets Gollum, as well as numerous illustrations and previously unpublished maps by Tolkien himself. This book and dustjacket are As New and contain no faults, no writing, no rubbing to the dustjacket, now protected in removable mylar protector. Housed in a custom black faux leather slipcase to protect and show this wonderful edition. 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 #1531
Price: $110.00
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The History of The Hobbit, One-Volume Edition with Custom Slipcase
Custom Clamshell Case for The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
London: Allen & Unwin, 1962. Pauline Baynes. Full-Leather. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Custom full leather clamshell case for The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, covered with morocco leather, gilt stamped to the front with the Wreath, Author, Illustrator, & Title from the original dustjacket illustration, with the lower portion stamped with Pauline Baynes figure of Tom Bombadil from the title page. The rear board stamped with the JRRT Monogram. The cases feature trays covered with Italian Bookcloth and lined with felt to compliment the colors of the book and the full leather covering. The spines of the cases feature raised bands with gilt rules, colored inlays stamped with the Title, Author, and the publisher Allen & Unwin, and the date published. A wonderful case to house your collection of one of Tolkien major works. Please be aware this listing is for the slipcase only, no books are included. 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 #1378
Price: $300.00
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Custom Clamshell Case for The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
Custom Clamshell Case for the 1963 Deluxe Edition of The Lord of The Rings
London: Allen & Unwin, 1963. Pauline Baynes. Full-Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Custom Clamshell Case to house your Allen & Unwin 1963 Deluxe Edition of The Lord of the Rings with the Pauline Baynes Triptych Slipcase. The Clamshell case is covered in Full Black Moroccan Leather, with recessed panels that hold the Triptych artwork. Interior is covered with black Italian Bookcloth, lined with felt for a secure fit to safely house the delicate original slipcase and books. A wonderful case to house your collection of one of Tolkien major works. Please be aware this listing is for the slipcase only, no books are included. 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 #1384
Price: $350.00
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Custom Clamshell Case for the 1963 Deluxe Edition of The Lord of The Rings
Custom Slipcase for the UK Deluxe History of Middle Earth Series
London: Harper Collins, 2001. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. This open ended slipcase is custom made to house your J.R.R. Tolkien - The History of Middle Earth - Deluxe Series. Hand made from the finest acid free bookboard and covered with black Itallian Bookcloth, matching the original cases as provided by the publisher. Gilt stamped JRRT Monogram to one side, matching the original size and placement. Each of these cases will house 1 of the 3 Deluxe Editions from Harper Collins Publishers. The case features a fully lined interior. Please provide which of the Deluxe Editions you want the slipcase made to fit, Part 1, 2, or 3. Made from highest quality acid free boards and papers. Please be aware this listing is for the slipcase only, no books are included. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1383
Price: $40.00
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Custom Slipcase for the UK Deluxe History of Middle Earth Series
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1956 8th Impression with Dustjacket, Custom Slipcase
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1956. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A Very Good Plus/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. According to Houghton Mifflin records, one of 1000 imported from Allen & Unwin, lacking the printing history on title verso, possibly to help them circumvent the import restrictions and US copyright laws. The book features the original unpriced dustjacket with the Mountains and Dragon design by the author, with a $2.50 bookstore price stamp to the front flap. The boards show no soiling with a slight moisture ring to the front boards, the only markings, the slightest bit of rubbing to the spine fold edges, no significant shelfwear to note. The text block is clean without any writing or markings, slight toning, without foxing or offsetting, a small moisture or discoloration to a couple of pages around the title page. No bumped corners, no significant faults. The dustjacket is not price clipped, and has no markings. The front flap shows a previous fold down the middle, now straightened out and the dustjacket is now covered in an archival protector. It shows only the most minor of rubbing, with absolutely no loss of color to any of the edges or fold areas. An absolutely fabulous dustjacket. A beautiful clean copy, one of the copies with the dark reddish brown (rust) colored 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, a hint of browning to the gutters. Both maps have no foxing, no marks, or previous owners names. A highly collectable copy, hard to find in this beautiful 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 #1589
Price: $1,000.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1956 8th Impression with Dustjacket, Custom Slipcase
The J.R.R. Tolkien Deluxe Edition Collection in Original Publishers Slipcase, Limited to 500 Sets Worldwide!
London: Harper Collins, 2008. J.R.R. Tolkien. Limited. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A fabulous comprehensive set of Tolkien's major works, limited by the publisher to 500 sets only. This Collection features a new Publishers Special Collection Slipcase to house all four of their 21st Century Deluxe Slipcased Editions. The J.R.R. Tolkien Deluxe Edition Collection, just released by Harper Collins in 2008, is not directly available in the US market. Comprised of the 2004 Harper Collins Deluxe Slipcased Edition of The Hobbit, the only edition to feature all 13 of Tolkien's own illustrations for the book, reproduced in full color, together with his original maps reproduced as he originally intended, but not previously achieved in nearly 70 years of publications. Also included is the 2004 Harper Collins 50 Anniversary Deluxe Slipcased Edition of The Lord of the Ring's, which features the pages from the Book of Mazarbul, as illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien, which he intended for inclusion but were not used previously. Included as well is the 2007 Harper Collins Deluxe Slipcased Edition of the Children of Hurin, which includes a ninth color plate by Alan Lee not featured inside the standard hardback. Also features the Helm of Hurin, as designed by Alan Lee, gilt stamped to the exterior. The final book included is The 2007 Harper Collins 30th Anniversary Deluxe Slipcased Edition of The Silmarillion. The newly reset edition feature's Tolkien's, 'The Halls of Manwe', as the full color frontispiece, with the slipcase gilt stamped with the heraldic symbol he designed to represent Luthien. This edition also includes Christopher Tolkien's two color maps, including a fold out map of Beleriand, and as a Preface, Tolkien's original letter of 1951 containing his account of the mythology of Middle-Earth. A very limited number of these sets are available, as only 500 were produced for worldwide distribution. Each book and slipcase are no longer sealed in factory shrinkwrap, appear unread, one minor bump to upper corner of case, does not effect any book, all Near Fine condition. All books are the 1st Impression of this series, it appears the previous owner changed the Lord of the Rings, as those originally included were all later printings. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, Limited Editions, and odd bits of ephemera are available. Item #1521
Price: $1,000.00
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The J.R.R. Tolkien Deluxe Edition Collection in Original Publishers Slipcase, Limited to 500 Sets Worldwide!


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