Taipei: Bookcase Shop, Ltd, 1972. J.R.R. Tolkien. Second Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A wonderful and scarce collection of Tolkien's books, the Taiwan Editions, published in 1972, 1976 & 1977 by the Bookcase Shop Ltd, Taipei. Printed by permission of Allen & Unwin, The Hobbit is the 4th printings of the Second Edition, published in 1976, The Lord of the Rings are all 1st impressions published in 1972, while the Silmarillion, also a 1st impression, was published in 1977. An unusual five volume hardback set, matched in size and format. None are price clipped, but only The Silmarillion has a price on the dustjacket. The top edges of the books are slightly dusty, otherwise a bright set of this classic of fantasy literature. The dustjacket of the Silmarillion also shows rubbing with minor color loss to the top flap fold corner, but none to the spine or edges, remarkably clean and bright colors. The tan colored cloth is clean and the gilt to the spine is clean and bright. Near Fine book in Near Fine dustjacket. The Lord of the Rings set is all in the original light tan cloth with original dustjackets. The tan cloth boards have no gilt stamping except to the spine on each book. The books are all in Near Fine conditon with the dustjackets in Near Fine condition, with the Fellowship have a closed triangular tear to the top front panel edge, repaired by a previous owner. The Hobbit has a small triangular chip to the top front panel, the only real fault noted. The front panel of the dustjacket shows a shadow to the foredge, likely the results from a smaller book and sun exposure. None of the books have any writing, names, or dates, only light offsetting to the white endpapers on The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. The dustjackets show a very small amount of rubbing, and the colors are very crisp and bright. Dustjackets are not price clipped, and none of the books have a blindstamp to the rear boards. Original maps are attached at the rear of the 3 Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion books, where the Hobbit has its maps bound into the text instead of as endpapers. A custom black leather slipcase stamped with Tolkien 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.
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London: Harper Collins, 2008. J.R.R. Tolkien. De Luxe Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The J.R.R. Tolkien Deluxe Edition Collection in a Custom Black Leather Slipcase. A fabulous comprehensive set of Tolkien's major works, housed in a custom full black leather slipcase with gilt stamping. All four of the books are the 1st impressions with their original publishers slipcase. This Collection features four of Harper Collins 21st Century Deluxe Slipcased Editions. Comprised of the 2004 Harper Collins 1st impression Deluxe Slipcased Edition of The Hobbit, the only edition to feature all 13 of Tolkien's own illustrations for the book, reproduced in full color, together with his original maps reproduced as he originally intended, but not previously achieved in nearly 70 years of publications. Also included is the 2004 Harper Collins 1st impression 50 Anniversary Deluxe Slipcased Edition of The Lord of the Ring's, which features the pages from the Book of Mazarbul, as illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien, which he originally intended for inclusion in the First Editions, but were not used previously. Included as well is a copy of the 1st impression 2007 Harper Collins Deluxe Slipcased Edition of the Children of Hurin, which includes a ninth color plate by Alan Lee not featured inside the standard hardback. Also features the Helm of Hurin, as designed by Alan Lee, gilt stamped to the exterior. The final book included is The 2007 Harper Collins 30th Anniversary Deluxe Slipcased Edition of The Silmarillion is also a 1st impression. The newly reset edition feature's Tolkien's, 'The Halls of Manwe', as the full color frontispiece, with the slipcase gilt stamped with the heraldic symbol he designed to represent Luthien. This edition also includes Christopher Tolkien's two color maps, including a fold out map of Beleriand, and as a Preface, Tolkien's original letter of 1951 containing his account of the mythology of Middle-Earth. All books are in Near Fine condition. All books are 1st impressions, housed in their original publishers slipcase showing minor rubbing to the slipcases, with a new double walled leather covered slipcase, gilt stamped to the sides with JRRT monogram, "J.R.R. Tolkien Deluxe Collection" and the individual book titles. Photos are of the actual books not stock photos. The loose leaf flyer is with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but is missing on The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin. Additional digital photo's available upon request. 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, 2003. Francis Mosley. First Thus. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by The Folio Society, London 1997, this copy is the 3rd printing of 2003. Set in Fournier with Omnia display. Printed at The Bath Press, Bath on Caxton Wove paper and bound by them in full vegetable parchment blocked with a design by Francis Mosley. Edited by Christopher Tolkien, Consisting of Quenta Silmarillion, together with Ainulindale, and Valaquenta, To which is appended Akallabeth and of The Rings of Power and the Third Age. J.R.R. Tolkien's account of the Elder Days, the tales of the Silmarillion are legends deriving from a much deeper past, when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him to recover the Silmarils. Originally published in 1977, 4 years after his death, Christopher Tolkien has gathered together and edited, what he considered his life's work. A wonderful edition, bound by the Folio Society, so you know they are nicely made. Matches the latest version of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings published by the Folio Society. Additional digital photo's are 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: 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.