London: Harper Collins, 2007. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The History of the Hobbit, a 3 volume box set from Harper Collins with the Hobbit being a later impression 70th Anniversary Edition. The two History of the Hobbit books are the 1st impression of 2007. A beautiful boxed set of the definitive examination of how Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece, including the complete unpublished draft and little-known illustrations and unpublished maps. These books are in Near Fine condition. Dustjackets are in a protective mylar jacket, and are not price clipped. No previous owners names or any writing noted. The books are housed in a custom full black leather slipcase w/ribbon pull, stamped with a different version of Tolkien's Dragon, featured on the Title page of the two History of the Hobbit 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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New York: Ballantine Books, 1973. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A four volume paperback set housed in the Publishers original Red pictorial slipcase, featuring the Heraldic symbols that were drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien. These illustrations include the ones designed to represent Feanor, Idril Celebrindal, Earendil, Luthien Tinuviel, Fingolfin, Elwe, Luthien Tinuviel and Finwe. This is one of the few published sets that includes all four books, The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. This is also the first set to feature the illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien, as the covers of the book and slipcase, rather then the Barbara Remington designs as found on previous issues. These paperback books are in Near Fine condition, with no tanning to the spines or the interior pages. All four books appear unread, showing no creases to the spines. No names or markings, the textblocks are very clean and bright, unlike most sets from this era. The slipcase has no rubs, in extraordinary condition, without loss of color to the edges. A beautiful Near Fine set in wonderful condition. The Hobbit is a 42nd printing from September 1973, The Fellowship is a 44th printing, The Two Towers is a 41st printing, and the Return of the King is a 40th printing all from September 1973. Hammond and Anderson's, A Descriptive Bibliography notes that "after the 40th (March 1973) and no later than the forty-second (September 1973)", the Hobbit was sold in sets with the Lord of the Rings, housed "in a slipcase, gold or red, printed paper over boards, featuring Heraldic devices by Tolkien." This design was used until 1983, when the covers were changed again. So this set is one of the earliest available from that period. Very unusual to find a set that has not been damaged after almost 50 years. A great find for the collector. 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.