Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. The History of the Hobbit, a 3 volume box set from Houghton Mifflin, 1st US Edition, 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boxed set of the definitive examination of how Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece, including the complete unpublished draft and little-known illustrations and unpublished maps, along with a new edition of the classic work itself. These books and publishers slipcase are all in Near Fine condition. Dustjackets are in a protective mylar jacket, and are not price clipped. No previous owners names or any writing 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.
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Taipei, Taiwan: Bookcase Shop Ltd, 1976. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, 4th impressions of the Taiwan Edition, in a Custom Black Leather Slipcase. A wonderful and scarce collection of Tolkien's books, the Taiwan Editions, published inJanuary and March 1976 by the Bookcase Shop Ltd, Taipei. Printed by permission of Allen & Unwin, The Hobbit is the 4th printings of the Second Edition, published in March 1976, The Lord of the Rings are all 4th impressions published in January 1976. An unusual four volume hardback set, matched in size and format. One note of significance, The Return of the King shows the slipped type on page 49, but does not have a signature mark '4' on the page. None are priced or clipped. The top edges of the books are slightly dusty, otherwise a bright set of this classic of fantasy literature. The dustjackets all show rubbing with minor color loss to the top of the spine and edges, remarkably clean and bright colors. The Two Towers show a bit of bubbling to the laminate on the dustjacket. Very Good Plus books in Very Good Plus dustjackets. The Lord of the Rings set is all in the original tan cloth, with their original dustjackets. The cloth boards have no gilt stamping except to the spine on each book. The books are all in Very Good Plus condition with the dustjackets in Very Good Plus/Near Fine condition. None of the books have a previous owners name nor any other writing, only light offsetting to the white endpapers. The dustjackets show a very small amount of rubbing, and the colors are very crisp and bright, with a slight amount of fading to the bright colors. The upper rear spine fold of The Hobbits dustjacket show a scrape that has split the dustjacket for approximately 2 inches, and also has a few tears and chips to the edges. Original maps are attached at the rear of the Lord of the Rings books, with a minor conservators clear tape repair at the mounting hinge on the Fellowships map, where the Hobbit has its maps bound into the textblock instead of as endpapers. A custom black leather slipcase stamped with Tolkien's Smaug and Ring & Eye designs, is furnished to house this lovely collection. 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.
London: Folio/Allen and Unwin, 1976. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Thus. Quarter Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit, 1976 Folio 1st Impression, with the title page showing the Folio logo, but the verso shows the full Allen & Unwin print history. This is one of the two variants of the first Folio Society edition of The Hobbit. The book is in Very Good condition due to the scrapes and scuffs on the spine, has a stamped date to the front map, and previous owners stamp to the rear map. The textblock is clean and bright, Near Fine in condition. The slipcase has protected the book, but the spine has suffered over the years. So this is the true 1st printing of the 1st Folio Edition, with the Folio 1979 maroon colored edition being the 2nd printing of the Folio edition (per Hammond). Other than the Folio title page, this book is internally identical to the 1976 A&U Deluxe edition! Per Hammond, the Folio Society was to take the Deluxe edition papers and remove certain pages from the beginning (title page, copyright pg, etc) and replace them with the Folio pages. However, some 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 this book despite the scrapes and minor bit of scuffing to leather on the spine. Very unusual and hard to find. 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.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1963. 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 1963. A beautiful copy of a very collectable book. This is the Fourteenth impression (overall) published in 1963, in a correct original Fourteenth impression dustjacket. The book and dustjacket are both in Very Good Plus condition with almost no loss to the dustjacket. The only fault is a dark smudge to the white portions of the front panel of the dustjacket just above the center mountain and the sun outline. The maps show no foxing, clean and bright. There are a few tape ghosts to the first blank page, probably from the removal of a bookplate. The dustjacket is only lightly soiled, not price clipped, with almost no edgewear or rubbing noted. The books cover shows some tanning to the edges, with a small amount of fading, mainly thru the white portions of the spine. The corners are not bumped, and show no wear or fraying whatsoever. No previous owners name or any writing noted. A wonderful collectable copy. Housed in a custom dark green leather slipcase stamped with the Dragon design to the front boards, with the JRRT monogram to the rear panel. 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.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1979. J.R.R. Tolkien. De Luxe Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. An early issue of the Allen & Unwin De Luxe Edition of The Hobbit. This copy is the 2nd impression, published in 1979, of the 1st De Luxe Edition of 1976, with the Tolkien line drawings colorized by H. E. Riddett. This book is housed in a custom slipcase as the original was missing. Bound in black buckram cloth, with gilt artwork on the front boards of Tolkien's 'Green Dragon" gilt stamped in red, silver & gold. The front and back boards shows a few spots, most probably from drops of water that have swelled the buckram, and when wiped off it has taken a bit of the shine off the cover. A few other small spots on the back. Not too bad, but noted for accuracy. Gilt ruled compartments with Title, Author, and publisher on the spines. An nice copy for the collector. No names, writing or faults noted in the book. Maps are bound in, rather than used as the endpapers. There are no bumps to the boards, with the few small spots to the buckram, while the slipcase features the JRRT Monogram to one side with his Dragon to the front. Overall a Very Good Plus copy of this wonderful book, housed in it's new custom black leather slipcase. 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. Very Good Plus / No Jacket, as Issued.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Alan Lee & Ted Nasmith. 2nd Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. The Tolkien Library, a collection of Tolkien's five most famous books. A lovely illustrated set collected together featuring Houghton Mifflin publications from 1997 thru 2004. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are illustrated by Alan Lee, and The Silmarillion is illustrated by Ted Nasmith. The Hobbit and the Silmarillion are later printings, while the Lord of the Rings all have the full number line 10 - 1. These are large and heavy books, making the set weigh over 18 lbs, or 8 kg, domestic (US) shipping only without extra shipping charges. These are housed in a double walled Custom Black Leather slipcase, featuring gilt stamped images on each side. No names or writing in any of the books. None of the books are price clipped and all are in Near Fine condition with new mylar protectors. No writing, foxing or offsetting to any of the books. A fabulous set, without any major faults. 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.