Welcome to the home of The Tolkien Bookshelf.

Please search or browse our inventory of hard to find, out of print, used, and rare books by, or relating to, J.R.R. Tolkien. We carry 1st Editions and  custom Fine Binding of single books and sets, including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. We also have Signed copies, Limited/Numbered Editions, and many scarce or unusual items.

If you can't find what you like, please leave a want for the item you are looking for and we will notify you if we find it. 

What our customers
are saying:

The book came today, after sitting in customs for what felt like forever! It's great, thanks so much!

I got the package and my sister burst into tears saying that she never thought she would even hold those books. Thank you so much!!

I received my purchase today in pristine condition. I am very pleased. Please add me to your client list of any Tolkien books you add to your collection. I am interested in any first print collectables. Once again thank you much.

The Tolkien Bookshelf is almost the only fair and honest merchant that I have dealt with in my twenty plus years of purchasing 1st editions of Tolkien’s works. This is readily apparent on his website by his showing numerous photos of each book that he has for sale, as contrasted with the other bookdealers who you can find online who usually only show a few photos... when it arrived today, I was still overwhelmed by the quality of the book, its professional restored original dustjacket, and the beautiful custom-made Moroccan leather clamshell case with raised bands, gold lettering and designs, and marbled-paper interior. Needless to say, I will only be dealing with the Tolkien Bookshelf in the future.

...History of Middle Earth received; VERY pleased, in every possible way; and the packaging job was one of the best I’ve encountered - jaw-dropping care taken, much appreciated!

It came, I picked it up, and it is beautiful. I don't think I can express how in awe I am right now of finally getting a chance to own a copy of this book. Thank you so much.

I am SO HAPPY to inform you that the book has just been delivered.
I was so anxious!
You can’t imagine, can you, how worried I’ve been these days.
But now... YES, the Grail is here! And in absolutely perfect shape.
I have to say the parcel was thoroughly undamaged and your ultra-safe packaging did the rest to ensure the book was preserved.

Thank you so much, David!! Honestly, I am forever grateful for all that you did to help make this gift a reality. I am so looking forward to seeing the look on his face when he receives it!!! What an absolute treasure!!!

Needless to say, the clamshell is stunning. From the leather colors to the gilt, the interior lining and the Tolkien touches, it's a beautiful piece - and the book fit safely inside! My sincere thanks for your time and effort in piecing it together.

The book arrived yesterday and I picked it up from my local post office this morning. You outdid yourself with the packaging and it has arrived as sent with only the markings, etc. that had been described on the website

thank you so much – it’s marvelous! Will be a great Christmas Eve! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

….The Folio boxed Lord of the Rings has arrived safely! Thank you so very much for packaging these books so well. They are indeed beautiful and will have an important place in my collection, and they will be well loved! Thanks again!

The set is gorgeous and I absolutely love it! I am so happy I went with this older set and you have really described these so well (in addition to the photos)... calling you a trustworthy seller is really an understatement. Also, the slipcase is amazing and fits so well to this set (my wife was totally amazed by it) - I would have been a fool to order the books without the slipcase as I had once considered briefly. THANK YOU!!