New York: Ballantine Books, 1975. 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 Gold Foil covered 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. 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 from that period, 1973 - 1983. Very unusual to find a set that has aged this well after 45 plus years. The case shows a bumped corner, that has slightly dented the upper back corner of The Return of the King. The Hobbit is a 55th printing, The Fellowship is a 53rd printing, The Two Towers is a 49th printing, and the Return of the King is a 48th printing, all from July 1975. The books are in lovely unread condition with lightly creased spines, and show a light tanning to the white areas of the spines. The textblock of all four books are clean and bright, with no tanning or foxing, no previous owners names or marks noted. A lovely find for the collector. 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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Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1987. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Thus. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit 50th Anniversary Edition, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published in 1987 by Houghton Mifflin to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the original publication of The Hobbit in 1937. This copy is still sealed in the original shrinkwrap. Gold leatherette with red and green foil stamping in matching slipcase with green, black and gold label, illustrated with full color plates, monochrome line drawings, maps, top edge stained red-orange, complete with all plates and unabridged. The photo's of the opened book are taken from another opened copy as this one is still sealed. It is possible that this is a Book Club Edition as there are no markings to indicate which it might be on the sealed exterior. 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. Hard Cover. 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.
London: Folio Society, 1999. Ingahild Grathmer and drawn by Eric Fraser. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A complete set of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, which include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. The Hobbit was published by the Folio Society in 1999, the 3rd impression. The Lord of the Rings is the 3rd impression of 1999. The Silmarillion is also a 3rd impression of 2003. All are illustrated by Eric Fraser, Ingahild Grathmer, and Francis Mosley respectively. A wonderful matched set made of high quality acid free paper, and bound in full vegetable parchment to create a beautiful set of Tolkien's primary works. All three issues are housed in their own separate publishers slipcase, and are in Near Fine condition. No writing, no marks, no faults. All are unread, crisp and tight, clean and bright. 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.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. Alan Lee and Ted Nasmith. Hard Cover. 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 except the dustjackets of The Fellowship has a large closed tear on the lower front corner, otherwise in Near Fine condition with new mylar protectors. No writing, foxing or offsetting to any of the books. A fabulous set, with the one fault to the dustjacket. 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.