London: Harper Collins, 1991. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. 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. Copyright 1991, published by Harper Collins. This set features a set of the unused drafts of Tolkien's artwork for the dustjackets. The dustjackets are in Near Fine condition with no tears or loss to the edges. The publisher's slipcase features two early line drawings of the 'Two Towers' in silver on a black background. This set of books is in Near Fine condition with some minor rubbing to the covers of the books, with the slipcase in Very Good Plus condition with a split to the top rear of the case, now neatly repaired A later 2nd edition set, with all three books being the 1st impression of this edition. These books feature some of the early drafts of the artwork, by the author, for the original dustjackets of the 1st Editions that were not used. No previous owners names or any marks to the 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.
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London: Unwin Hyman, 1988. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Revised (2nd) Edition. Vol I: The Fellowship of the Ring is an Eighteenth impression. Vol II: The Two Towers is a Sixteenth impression from 1988. Vol III: The Return of the King is a 16th impression from 1988. None of these books have any topstain. The maps are all present, only the Two Towers map has a small tear to the mounting side fold. This is an unusual and hard to find set published by Unwin Hyman in 1988. All three volumes are in Near Fine condition with a clean bright edges, clean and bright textblock, and in Near Fine unclipped dustwrappers, showing no edgewear and only some slight rubbing. The dustjackets may have a bit of fading to the spines, but the colored lettering is not faded. No bumped corners to the books, no previous owners names or writing. There are basically no major faults to these books, crisp, tight and bright. No shelfwear to the bottom of the boards, no previous owners names or any writing. No foxing or offsetting to any of the books. The original publishers Green paper covered slipcase to house and protect this classic Lord of the Rings set, in fabulous condition. They may have been read, but exhibit no spine lean, or damaged edges or spines. Modest price for this set of significant and collectable books. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
London: George Allen & Unwin, 1978. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Thus. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Tolkien Library, a collection of Tolkien's five most famous books, collected together by Allen & Unwin in 1978, housed in the original publishers slipcase, featuring a photo of J.R.R. Tolkien by Billett Potter to the rear side of the slipcase. A very scarce set in Very Good Plus condition. No names or writing in any of the books. All books are not clipped, and only the Hobbit is lacking the Allen & Unwin priced sticker. No foxing or offsetting to any of the books. Each book has its original topstain, without fading or any marks. The Return of the King shows a damp stain at the top of the front panel and goes around to the spine, no damage to the textblock. A fabulous set, without any major faults. A minor bump to the side corner on the back, along with a little rubbing to the corners. The illustrated paper has some wrinkling where it appears it may have been damp, along the upper edge on one side. The green cloth on the top and bottom of the case is clean and unmarked. The books fit tightly enough so that I have not covered the dustjackets in protectors, as I do not believe they would fit in the case properly. The Hobbit is the 1st impression of the 4th Edition published in 1978. The Lord of the Rings are also published in 1978, the 10th/9th/9th (77) impressions respectively. The Silmarillion is the 4th impression of 1977. All five books are the original copies to be housed in this collection, a rare opportunity to add to your own Tolkien Library. 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.
1955. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Autographed, 2 page (front & back) hand written letter and envelope to Miss Turnbull, on his letterhead, with 76 Sandfield Road, Headington, Oxford address. May 19th, 1955 Dear Miss Turnbull, Your munificent and magnificent gift arrived safely on May 17th (I think). I am ashamed of not letting you know at once, but I have been vexed with 'administrations' during the last few days. Though sending off the last (marginal note) 'and at last' items for Vol III might have seemed a suitable occasion for the withdrawing of at least one cork, I have so far refrained: but when I drink I shall remember with (verso) a gratitude at least as warm and deep as Old Rory felt for his bottles of Old Winyards. I can only hope Vol. III will be up to it! Yours sincerely, J.R.R. Tolkien Envelope hand addressed and canceled from Oxford on May 19, 1955 and addressed to: Miss Turnbull, Airy Hill, Whitby, Yorkshire Housed in a Custom Leather Binder lined with beautiful handmarbled papers by Joan Ajala of Australia. Features two mylar folders to hold the letter and envelope for easy viewing. 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.