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The Children of Hurin - UK Deluxe Edition Signed By Christopher Tolkien & Alan Lee on Publishers Bookplate.
London: Harper Collins, 2007. Alan Lee. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien, published April 2007 by Harper Collins. Signed by the editor and illustrator, Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee, to special bookplate, featuring Lee's motif of the Helm of Hador, attached to the front free endpaper. "The Children of Hurin, UK De Luxe Edition The first standalone tale of Middle-earth since 1977, and the first complete version of one of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Great Tales', with many exclusive features:" "Drawing together J.R.R. Tolkiens original manuscripts, using many sources spaced out over decades, Christopher Tolkien has constructed a narrative without any editorial invention." "Includes a brand new red and black Map of Beleriand specially drawn by Christopher Tolkien, which appears as a fold-out sheet." "Contains eight colour paintings and twenty-five pencil sketches, specially commissioned from award-winning artist, Alan Lee." "Features an exclusive colour frontispiece painting by Alan Lee." "Includes a specially written introduction and appendix on the history and writing of the tale by Christopher Tolkien." "Quarter-bound in blue with grey boards, stamped in gold foil with a unique motif of the Helm of Hador created by Alan Lee, and housed in a matching custom-built slipcase." "Printed on superior quality paper and including a silk ribbon marker." "This edition available for a limited time only." With Houghton Mifflin wishing to reach out and do something special for the loyal Tolkien fans, along with Christopher Tolkien's reluctance to grant public appearances, they conceived the idea for a signed bookplate, which Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee both agreed to. It seems approximately 900 bookplates were signed, with less than 500 for distribution in the US, and 250 for the UK, with the remainder held for other promotions. I know of three that were given away as prizes on the Tolkien Library web site, during the "Children of Hurin" Release Party. A very hard to find edition, with the signed bookplate. Don't expect to see many of these for sale, as most will end up in private collections. This Deluxe Edition is matched in style and design to the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of 'The Lord of the Rings', and The Deluxe Hobbit that were concurrently issued in 2004. 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.. Signed by Illustrator & Editor. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. As New/No Jacket, as Issued. Illus. by Alan Lee. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Item #1311
Price: $650.00
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The Children of Hurin - UK Deluxe Edition Signed By Christopher Tolkien & Alan Lee on Publishers Bookplate. J. R. R. Tolkien.
Folio Deluxe Limited Editions of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion
Bath: Folio Society, 2003. Ingahild Grathmer and drawn by Eric Fraser. Limited/Numbered. Quarter Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Folio Society Limited Numbered Editions, a Five Book Set, Limitation Number on all three issues are not matched. Includes The Hobbit #242, The Lord of the Rings #1474, and The Silmarillion #945. "Now available as a HAND BOUND LIMITED EDITION in a magnificent new binding of Moroccan goatskin leather and pure Indian silk. All are individually numbered and limited to just 1750 copies. Don't miss this rare opportunity to own a piece of history. A must for all Tolkien fans and serious collectors as well!" This stunning 5 volume set of Tolkiens most loved stories, exhibits the finest quality features imaginable: *Hand numbered Limited Edition, #'d copy of 1750 *Hand-bound in Moroccan goatskin leather and pure Indian silk *Illustrations designed by Ingahild Grathmer and drawn by Eric Fraser *Full leather slipcase's (3) with scalloped edges *Gilded top edges with ribbon page marker *Renowned calligrapher, John Andrew, has designed the lettering used on the spines and slipcase. The only minor fault to this set of books, the Lord of the Rings slipcase has one bumped corner, which did not effect any of 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. Item #904
Price: $2,350.00
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Folio Deluxe Limited Editions of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion. J. R. R. Tolkien.
His Dark Materials, Comprised of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.
London: Scholastic Press, 2005. First Thus. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A set of the trade hardcover 10th Anniversary 1st Editions of His Dark Materials, comprised of Northern Lights (renamed the Golden Compass for the soon to be released movie), The Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass, with each of the 3 volumes signed to the Title Page. Each volume is a Fine hard back in Fine dust wrappers, All 3 books are SIGNED by the author on the three title pages. This is not the limited edition. These books were printed to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary 1995 --- 2005. As the books were printed in 2005 these edition are first printings of the Anniversary Edition and hence contain the numbers 1 to 10 on the publication page. Plus a signed copy of Lyra's Oxford with the accompanying, rarer trial 'dustwrapper'. All books and dustjackets are unread and As New. Also includes a special bonus of a signed copy of 'Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things', in wraps as issued. This is one of only 500 copies that were printed. It contains Pullman's full text to his closing address, delivered at the 2002 NATE Conference. Especially elusive in this signed state. You will received a total of 5 signed books by Philip Pullman, as well as the trial dustwrapper for Lyra's Oxford. A wonderful selection of signed copies for the discriminating collector. With the movie, the Golden Compass soon to be released, these will not last long. Digital images available on request. Any questions, please feel free to inquire. Item #403
Price: $695.00
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His Dark Materials, Comprised of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. Philip Pullman.
The History of Middle Earth, Part 2 Limited Deluxe Edition
London: Harper Collins, 2001. J.R.R. Tolkien. Limited. Quarter Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Harper Collins Publishers, the 1st printing of 2001, The Deluxe Limited Edition, limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Comprised of the middle 4 books of the History of Middle Earth Series, edited by Christopher Tolkien, and printed on India Paper. Quarter Bound in Black Leather with Gilt title, Author, Publisher and Tolkien Monogram to the spine. Matching in size and design the Harper Collins Limited Editions of the Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and The Hobbit. Has the large Tolkien Monogram to the front boards. Housed in original publishers cloth slipcase with the Tolkien Monogram on the exterior, matching the gilt design on the book. All edges gilded. An beautiful copy, pages are clean and bright, no mars to the gilded edges. Near Fine book in Near Fine slipcase, only most minor fingerprints or dustmarks 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. Item #1269
Price: $650.00
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The History of Middle Earth, Part 2 Limited Deluxe Edition. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The History of Middle Earth, Volumes 1 - 12, 1st Impressions with 3 Leather Slipcases
London: Allen & Unwin/Unwin Hyman/Harper Collins, 1983. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The History of Middle Earth, Volumes 1 - 12. A complete History of Middle Earth, in Twelve Volumes. All 12 volumes in Near Fine condition in Near Fine dustjackets. Only the lightest of rubbing to the dustjackets, no chipping or loss to any. #11 The War of the Jewels has a small closed tear to the upper edge of the front panel of the dustjacket, small amount of color loss. An outstanding set for the collector. Allen and Unwin first printings of the first 4 volumes housed in a black leather slipcase with ribbon pull, Unwin Hyman first printings of the second 4 volumes housed in a black leather slipcase with ribbon pull, and Harper Collins first printings of the final 4 volumes, housed in a matching black leather slipcase with a silk ribbon pull. None of the 12 volumes are price clipped. Points of issue on the 12 books are as follows: No price on dustjacket #7, #9, & #10. Price on dustjackets #2 (price A&U label, partially peeled off), #1 & #4 (A&U price label), #3, #5, #6, #8, #11, & #12, all priced and not clipped. No names or writing in any of the books. No foxing or offsetting in any of the books. The first four books, published by Allen & Unwin have the topstain on the top edge. The final 2 volumes have the slightest toning to the edges of the text block as is so often found, #11 & #12, still much less than the norm. Edited by Christopher Tolkien from his father's manuscripts, detailing the evolution of Tolkien's life long works dealing with Middle Earth. The black leather slipcases are fully lined with felt, feature a silk ribbon pull, gilt stamped JRRT monogram, History of Middle Earth, Tolkien, and publisher to the sides of the cases. A beautiful presentation of this set of 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. Item #1685
Price: $3,250.00
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The History of Middle Earth, Volumes 1 - 12, 1st Impressions with 3 Leather Slipcases. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The History of Middle Earth, Volumes 1 - 12, 1st US Editions, 1st Impressions with Leather Slipcases
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A complete History of Middle Earth, in Twelve Volumes. Houghton Mifflin 1st Edition 1st printings of all 12 volumes. All Near Fine dustjackets are unclipped. # 9 Sauron Defeated's dustjacket shows some minor chipping and wear, but very little or no loss. All books have the full numberline 1 - 10 on title verso and/or the publishing date on the Title Page, indicating they are all the 1st printings, or impressions, no book club editions. No previous owners names or any writing in any of the books. No foxing or offsetting in any of the books. Edited by Christopher Tolkien from his father's manuscripts, detailing the evolution of Tolkien's life long works dealing with Middle Earth. Housed in 3 custom black leather slipcases featuring the Tolkien Monogram with the 'History of Middle Earth', author, editor, and publisher gilt stamped to the covers. A significant and highly collectable set of this sought after edition. 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. Item #1701
Price: $900.00
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The History of Middle Earth, Volumes 1 - 12, 1st US Editions, 1st Impressions with Leather Slipcases. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
London: The Childrens Book Club, 1942. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Original Cloth. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. One of 3000 copies of the 1942, 1st Edition 3rd impression, printed for the Children's Book Club of the bookseller Foyles, from the Allen & Unwin plates. Bound in yellow, gilt-stamped cloth over boards, with a dust-jacket (which Tolkien thought hideous) in orange and white, featuring a cartoon of a dandified hobbit smoking a pipe. Tolkien commented, "Surely the paper wasted on that hideous dust-cover could have been better used." A scarce and desirable copy for the collector. The book is in Very Good condition. The boards were a bright yellow, but now have some discoloration to the edges of boards and the spine. The gilt on the spine is still legible with tarnishing and discoloration to the yellow cloth covering. Minimal bumping or warping to the very thin boards as issued, one more noticeable warp or bump to the upper edge of the rear board, with a couple of lower corners bumped. No fraying and only minor wear to the edges. No previous owners names or writing noted in the book. No foxing or offsetting to any of the pages, all relatively bright and clean. Features the "Book Production War Economy Standards" title verso, 'This Edition published 1942 by arrangement with George Allen & Unwin'. The dustjacket is a facsimile, provided to help protect this scarce issue. A very hard to find original issue of a very scarce book, housed in a Custom Clamshell Case that reflects the original dustjacket spine, with the boards covered in a lovely marbled paper featuring the bright orange of the dustjacket, to protect and show this very scarce book. 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. Item #1760
Price: $1,750.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 US 6th Impression with Dustjacket
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A very scarce copy of an early printing of the US Edition. The 1954 Houghton Mifflin Edition, 6th overall printing, or the 2nd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Very Good Plus copy in Very Good Minus condition original dustjacket designed by Tolkien, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 6th printing on front flap, not priced or clipped, with the handwritten $2.50 price, noted as printed in Great Britain. This is the only jacket that states "In Preparation" above "The Lord of the Rings" on the back flap. Only the 2nd printings of the 2nd edition have this notation. One of only 1000 imported from Allen & Unwin, lacking the printing history on title verso, to help them circumvent the import restrictions and US copyright laws. The text block is clean and bright, bound in the teal colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows very little shelf wear, slight rubbing at the folds, no soiling to note, a couple of bumped corners. Features the title, dwarves hat, author, and publisher stamped on the spine in blue. Front boards have "The Hobbit" stamped in blue as well. Contains the full color frontispiece "The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water", as well as the original line drawings by Tolkien. The maps are in excellent condition, red and black ink, still show clear and bright against the unfoxed endpapers. No previous owners name or writing, other than one small pen mark on page 98, marking a reading place, perhaps? The dustjacket shows a considerable amount of wear and loss to the top of the spine, and the folds at the flaps have wear and color loss. The flap folds are starting to split and have been reinforced with archival tape, as well as a few other tears to the edges. The main faults are at the top of the spine, the lower front area of the spine, and a small missing segment of the border at the top right of the front panel. The jacket shows a light amount of soiling in the white sections, and the spine is lightly tanned. Overall a wonderful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in almost any condition. A custom slipcase to house this lovely edition is provided, featuring the Mountains and Dragon design as found on the UK cover, to protect and show this classic of fantasy literature. 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. Item #1439
Price: $835.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 US 6th Impression with Dustjacket. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1956 8th Impression in Dustjacket
London: Allen & Unwin, 1956. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Allen & Unwin in 1956, this is the eighth impression in its matching eighth impression dustjacket. The book is in Near Fine condition, with a little light fading to the spine from sunlight shining thru the white sections of the dustjacket. The dustjacket is lightly soiled and shows some loss to the spine ends, mainly the top. A bit of rubbing and loss to the flap fold corners, only minor rubbing to the edges, other than the upper spine area. No previous owners names or other writing to be found. No foxing marks or offsetting noted. The boards are the original green cloth with dark blue stamping of Tolkien's own Mountains and Dragon design, with one slightly bumped corner. The title verso has the full printing history up to this eighth impression of 1956. The original dustjacket is correctly marked the 8th impression. The dustjacket is price clipped and in Very Good condition. The edges of the text block are clean and unfoxed, with the top edge faded but still showing a slight tint from the original green topstain. A custom slipcase will be provided to protect and show this beautiful copy of an early printing of this much sought after children's classic. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Item #1381
Price: $900.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1956 8th Impression in Dustjacket. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1957 9th Impression in Dustjacket
London: Allen & Unwin, 1957. 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. This is the 5th impression of the 2nd Edition, or 9th impression overall, published in 1957 by Allen and Unwin. Decorative map endpapers in Fine condition, bright and clean, no names or writing. Color frontispiece, mono plates, and text block all in Fine condition. The boards show no bumped corners, with the cloth clean and bright, unmarked. This copy is in its original stated 9th impression, non-price clipped dustjacket in Very Good Plus condition. The dustjacket shows minor rubbing and color loss at the folds, but only the smallest chips at the fold areas of the flaps and spine. No tears along the edges, and virtually no loss to the top and bottom of the spine. The dustjacket is lightly soiled with a bit of tanning to the spine, showing some foxing in the white portions of the front and back panels. The rear of the dustjacket shows some writing in blue pencil, along with an address sticker to the front upper corner of the first blank page. Pages are clean and bright, no tears or stains, no foxing or offsetting. A beautiful collectable copy. Scarce in this wonderful condition. A custom faux leather clamshell, stamped with Tolkien's JRRT monogram, is provided to protect and show this classic of fantasy literature. 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. Item #1612
Price: $850.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1957 9th Impression in Dustjacket. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1958 10th Impression in Original Dustjacket with Custom Slipcase
London: Allen & Unwin, 1958. 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 1958. This book is in beautiful Near Fine condition, with beautiful bright clean and unmarked green boards. No previous owner names or any writing noted. No foxing or offsetting noted. The map endpapers are clean and bright, unmarked. The bright & clean boards are the original green cloth with dark blue stamping of Tolkien's own Mountains and Dragon design, with a couple of lightly bumped corners, and no fading of the bright green covers. The title verso has the full printing history up to this tenth impression of 1958. The original dustjacket is correctly marked the 10th impression, and would appear to be the original as both book and dustjacket are remarkably well preserved. In 1957 (Ninth Impression book) Houghton Mifflin ordered a number of sheet sets to be imported from A&U for the US 1957 Ninth Printing, however after A&U had already printed the full run, HM backed out of part of the order due to import costs and reduced their order by 1,000 sheet sets. So A&U assumed they would have 1,000 more UK books than originally planned and as such they had Jackets produced for this overrun. Subsequently, HM changed their mind again and took the 1,000 sheet sets they had canceled, thus leaving A&U with 1,000 extra Ninth Impression Jackets. They simply used those extra jackets on the 1958 Tenth Impression Books. So there should be 1000 copies of the 1958 UK Tenth Impression book with a Ninth Impression Jacket, which would make this even more scarce than the 3,500 copies of the Tenth Impression books in the Tenth Impression Jackets. The dustjacket is not price clipped and in Near Fine condition, with a tiny amount of rubbing to the tips of the folds, lacking any of the normal tears to the edges. Shows a line of soiling the interior edges of the flaps. Edges of the text block are clean and unfoxed. A beautiful copy, of an early printing, of this much sought after children's classic. A custom faux leather slipcase included, featuring the JRRT Monogram to the front cover of the slipcase. Additional digital images 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. Item #1728
Price: $800.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1958 10th Impression in Original Dustjacket with Custom Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1st Edition, Later State
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1938. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A great copy of an extremely collectable book. This is the 1st Edition, 1st Impression, 3rd State, with the publishers device (flautist) on the title page. The maps are in the proper order as per the List of Illustrations. This book also has the half title page as called for, and has the corrected 'Chapter VII' on page 118. It features the 4 color and 9 black and white illustrations by Tolkien, all of which are present and in extremely clean and bright condition. The text block and maps are also very clean and bright, with a few odd stains to the edges of the textblock scattered thru the book. No names or inscriptions. Minor wear to the corners of the boards, rubbed thru to the top corners with a bit of fraying. The original cloth of the spine shows some wear to the top and bottom edges, and has considerable darkening to the cloth from exposure and soiling. The boards are soiled to the edges but overall Very Good. I have provided a one piece facsimile of the very scarce 1st Dustjacket, as well as a custom marbled paper slipcase to help protect and show off this lovely classic of modern fiction. 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. Item #1460
Price: $1,800.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1st Edition, Later State. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings **Signed Alan Lee Deluxe Ltd. Ed.*
London: Harper Collins, 1992. Alan Lee. Limited/Numbered. Quarter Leather. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. The Lord of the Rings **Signed Alan Lee Deluxe Ltd. Ed.* "This specially bound and slipcased three volume edition of the Lord of the Rings has been published to celebrate the centenary of J.R.R. Tolkien's birth on January 3, 1892. This edition has been limited to 250 copies for Harper Collins Publishers, London each one numbered and signed by the artist." "This copy number 82/250, Alan Lee" A beautiful set quarter bound in dark green leather and cloth with the JRRT monogram on the front boards of the books and the original publishers slipcase. Each book has gilded edges, ribbon marker bound in, and signed limitation page. The books would be considered fine, except for small areas of rubbing and slight scraping along the edge of the glazed leather spines, where the edges have rubbed each other, or the slightly abrasive cloth of the slipcase. The top of the slipcase is slightly dusty and the seams are starting to lift a bit. Fifty original illustrations by Alan Lee thru the 3 books. You can follow how the movies were first visualized by Lee, and carried thru by Peter Jackson, with Lee's assistance throughout the movie's production. An exceptional set of books, again one of only 250 produced world wide. This separate three book set, makes handling and viewing much less of a problem then the Limited single volume editions that were large and awkward to handle. 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. Matched in size and style with the Limitied/Numbered Editions by Harper Collins, of the "Hobbit" and "Silmarillion" also offered for sale at this time. Item #1721
Price: $1,750.00
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The Lord of the Rings **Signed Alan Lee Deluxe Ltd. Ed.*. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings - Original 1963 UK Deluxe Set, in Original Pauline Baynes Triptych Slipcase, Signed By the Author.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1963. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, published by George Allen & Unwin in 1963. The true 1st Deluxe Edition of the 3 volumes of the Lord of the Rings, comprised of "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers", and "The Return of the King". The Fellowship of the Ring is signed by the author, J.R.R. Tolkien, to the title page. A wonderful provenance on this signature, as it comes with a note signed by Merlin Unwin, the son of Rayner Unwin. It states that The Fellowship, "belonged to my father Rayner Unwin (Tolkien's editor and publisher) and was kept in his personal library at our family home in Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire. After his death in 2000 it remained there until the death of his widow, Carol, in 2012. Merlin Unwin". The young lad whose book report was instrumental in the publishing of the Hobbit, kept this signed copy for many years. Has the initials A.R.R. to the back of the free endpaper. It has been added to this partial set, which had the original slipcase and the other two books, to complete this lovely set. I know of only one other signed set of this Deluxe Edition, which was given to Pauline Baynes, and recently sold for an extremely high price at auction. This set is bound in the original Black Buckram cloth with gilt titles, author and publisher to the spines of each volume. Each volume features Bevel-Edged boards, gilded page edges, and the original silk bookmark sewn in. The books are in Very Good Plus condition showing some light rubbing and marks to the covers, with almost no marks or rubbing to the gilded edges, Initials to the back free endpaper, with no other writing or inscriptions in any of the books, except for the authors signature. The textblocks are clean and unmarked, with a very tight binding. The original maps are all present, and have no tears or misfolds, nor any browning to the folds as often happens. The spine of the Two Towers is only slightly lighter in color, less so than the common flaw with this edition. Seems to only occur with the Two Towers, and rarely the other two books. The books are housed in the very scarce original publishers slipcase featuring the Pauline Baynes color "Triptych" artwork. This case has some minor splits starting to the entry corners, but very little rubbing to the back corners, and no bumped corners as is often found. Clean and bright, one of the nicest I've run across in many years. The scarcest of all the original Allen & Unwin 1st Editions, as well as the Houghton Mifflin issues, with the signed copy added, makes a marvelous set for the Tolkien enthusiast. According to publishers records, 1000 or less sets produced. Briefly mentioned in the Tolkien bibliography by Hammond and Anderson on page 98. The outside of the slipcase show some superficial rubbing, one small scuff to the back side edge, but whole & complete, without any major stains or faults. A rare opportunity for this scarce signed set with it's original Pauline Baynes illustrated slipcase. A full leather clamshell case has been crafted to house this wonderful set, including the original slipcase. The clamshell features full black leather with recessed panels, holding reproductions of Pauline Baynes color "Triptych" artwork. A beautiful presentation to house and protect this extraordinary set. Digital images available upon request. Other Tolkien sets, original and rebound are available. Inquire if interested. A wonderful addition to anyone's Tolkien collection. Item #1228
Price: $15,000.00
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The Lord of the Rings - Original 1963 UK Deluxe Set, in Original Pauline Baynes Triptych Slipcase, Signed By the Author. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings, 1960 Set By Readers Union, with Dustjackets
London: Readers Union, 1960. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A beautiful looking set of this unusual presentation of Tolkien's trilogy. Not for sale to the general public, limited to members of the Readers Union only. Published by the Readers Union in 1960 with the permission of George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London. The books are in Near Fine condition, with no names, writing, and only the lightest offsetting or foxing to the endpapers, a few light spots to the edge of the textblock. Housed in the original dustjackets, all are Near Fine condition, with no edgewear or loss to the spine tips or folds. None of the dustjackets are price clipped. These unusual dustjackets are in fabulous condition, showing no edgewear or tanning, all three clean and bright. All maps are tipped in at the rear, and in excellent condition. No tears or extra folds. This is the set that features a line drawing by an unnamed artist for Readers Union of 'Sauron's Eye'. The only set to have this particular and very unusual dustjacket. Scarce in this lovely condition. Includes a custom leather slipcase for display and protection of these beautiful 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. Item #1617
Price: $950.00
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The Lord of the Rings, 1960 Set By Readers Union, with Dustjackets. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings, 1st Single Volume Edition 1968, Custom Fine Binding
London: Allen & Unwin, 1968. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Thus. Full-Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The 1968, 1st Single Volume Edition 1st Impression, fully rebound in red morocco leather by The Chelsea Bindery. All edges trimmed and gilded. Dark green endpapers with single gilt rule to red leather edge. Illustrated Wraps with tissue guard bound in preceding and following the text block. Text block is clean and bright, with no names or writing to be found. The full red leather binding features Tolkien's "Ring and Eye" design, from the original dustjackets gilt stamped on the front boards with single gilt rule to edge. The spine of the book features raised bands with gilt rules, with the Title, Author, and 1968 gilt stamped. The size makes it very comfortable to handle, and the heavier paper stock makes a beautiful copy, versus the thinner more fragile India paper offered in other single volume editions from this era. A spectacular presentation of this classic of fantasy literature. 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. Item #1682
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The Lord of the Rings, 1st Single Volume Edition 1968, Custom Fine Binding. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition Early Printings with Dustjackets and Custom Slipcase.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1956. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, 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. Published by George Allen and Unwin in 1956 & 1957, these books are early impressions of the 1st UK Edition, originally published in 1954/1954/1955 respectively. The Fellowship of the Rings is a 5th impression published in 1956, in its correct 5th impression dustjacket. The Two Towers is a 4th impression published in 1956, in a original 4th impression dustjacket. The Return of the King is a 3rd impression published in 1957, in its correct 3rd impression dustjacket. All three books have their original dustjackets which are in Very Good Plus condition showing some light rubbing with minor chips and loss to the edges, mostly the spine fold areas on the Two Towers and The Fellowship of the Ring. The Return of the King slows a bit more soiling to the dustjacket and a slight bit of fading to the red lettering. It also has some damp marks to the front edges of the front and back boards, causing some mottling and fading to the red cloth, does not appear to have effected the textblock at all. Overall these books are in remarkable condition with only the most minor of loss or wear to the edges, mainly at the spine folds, and only very light tanning to the spines. The dustjackets are priced and not clipped and covered in archival protectors. The books are in Very Good Plus condition with a bit of offsetting to the endpapers in the The Fellowship and less so The Two Towers. No previous owners names, no other writing or markings to the books. The gilt to the spines are all clean and bright. Each book has it's own original foldout map tipped in at the rear, and all are in excellent condition with no tears or extra folds noted. A custom bonded red leather slipcase to house and protect this wonderful set of 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. Item #1704
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The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition Early Printings with Dustjackets and Custom Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition with Dustjackets and Custom Red Leather Slipcase.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1963. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, 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. Published by George Allen and Unwin in 1962 & 1963, these books are middle impressions of the 1st UK Edition, originally published in 1954/1954/1955 respectively. The Fellowship of the Rings is a 13th impression published in 1963, in its correct 13th impression dustjacket. The Two Towers is a 10th impression published in 1963. The Return of the King is a 9th impression published in 1962. All three books have their original dustjackets which are in Near Fine condition showing some light rubbing with no tears or loss to the edges, and are only very lightly tanned to the spine. The Fellowship has some dark smudges (ink?) to the top panel, and has a neat inscription to the front free endpaper. The dustjackets of the Two Towers and Return of the King are price clipped, and are only lightly tanned to the spine. The books are in Near Fine condition, with no offsetting or foxing. The books are all very clean and bright, the stamping on the spine is not tarnished or marred. The maps are in Near Fine condition as well, no tears or extra folds, in their original position to the front of the last free endpaper. On the Fellowship with the neat inscription no other previous owners names or any writing noted. The red topstain is unfaded on the Fellowship, slightly faded on the Two Towers and even more faded on the Return of the King. A loverly and very well cared for set of books, now housed in a custom Red Leather slipcase to protect and display them. 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. Item #1745
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The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition with Dustjackets and Custom Red Leather Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition with Original Dustjackets and Custom Leather Slipcase.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1963. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, 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. Published by George Allen and Unwin in 1963, these books are later impressions of the 1st UK Edition, originally published in 1954/1954/1955 respectively. The Fellowship of the Rings is a 13th impression published in 1963. The Two Towers is a 10th impression published in 1963, in an 11th impression dustjacket. The Return of the King is a 10th impression in its 10th impression dustjacket published in 1963. All three books have no previous owners names or writing, only a small strip of offsetting on the front free endpaper of the Two Towers, no other foxing noted.. Only the Fellowship is price clipped, while all are in Very Good condition showing some light rubbing with tanning and soiling to the spines and panels, with no loss to the edges or fold areas. The Two Towers has one dark spot on the spine as well as some moderate soiling to the dustjacket. The books are in Very Good Plus condition, clean and bright with no foxing in any of the books. The topstain is faded and dusty while the gilt to all three books is clean and bright having been protected by the dustjackets. Each book has it's own original foldout map tipped in at the rear, no tears or extra folds. A custom leather slipcase, gilt stamped with Tengwar Title and Author and his original Ring & Eye Design to the front, the JRRT monogram to the rear, is supplied to house and protect this wonderful set of 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. Item #1616
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The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition with Original Dustjackets and Custom Leather Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions with Original Dustjackets, Leather Slipcase.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions with Original Dustjackets, Leather Slipcase. George Allen & Unwin, published in 1954, 1954, and 1955, the 1st UK Edition, 1st impressions. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published July 29th, 1954. One of 3000 printed for the UK. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954. One of 3250 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955, one of 7000 printed for the UK. This copy is the later state, with the signature mark '4' and having the 'slipped' type on page 49. Correspondence with Wayne Hammond has indicated he has revised his original definition of the 1st state, from what was described in the Tolkien Bibliography, which is the same as this copy, but now this is considered the later state. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, no tears noted, but the Fellowship shows some misfolds. Both the Fellowship and The Two Towers have the 1st state point map with the red dot off the coast of Umbar. The books show some only the lightest bit of soiling with the boards showing clean and bright. Gilt titles, author and publisher are still bright though slightly tarnished, some light rubbing to the edges, one bumped corner to the Return of the King. A little rubbing and shelfwear to the bottom of the boards, with the spine tips a little pushed and rubbed as well. All three books are in their original dustjackets, which are not price-clipped. The dustjackets are all moderately soiled, with some tanning and fading to the red lettering on the spines. The red topstain is clean and unfaded on The Fellowship and The Return, while the Two Towers shows some fading. Previous owners name to the front free endpaper of The Fellowship and The Two Towers, no other writing in any of the books. The endpapers show a moderate amount of offsetting on the The Fellowship and Return of the King, with no offsetting to the Two Towers. No foxing noted in any of the books. The dustjackets are not price clipped, and they show some minor loss to the edges, mostly to the flap folds and spine tips. They have a number of small closed tears to the edges, the largest to the top of the spine area on the Two Towers, effecting the 'J.R.' of the authors name. No repairs or restoration to these original dustjackets, completely unsophisticated. The text blocks are all clean and bright, without any internal foxing or markings. A highly sought after set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. 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. Item #1583
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The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions with Original Dustjackets, Leather Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions, Fine Red Leather Binding with Slipcase
London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Full-Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen and Unwin, 1954/54/55 1st UK Edition, all 1st impressions. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published July 29th, 1954, one of 3000 printed for the UK. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954, one of 3250 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955, one of 7000 printed for the UK. This copy is the Later State, as per Wayne Hammond's revised opinion, with the signature mark '4' and does have the slipped type on page 49. Correspondence with Wayne Hammond has indicated he revised his original definition of the 1st state, showing the slipped type and a signature mark "4" on page 49, in the Tolkien Bibliography, making this the Later State. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, no tears or extra folds, both the Fellowship and Two Towers maps show the 1st State point of a red dot off the Coast of Umbar. A beautiful set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature, with no previous owners names or marks to any of the books. The set is recently rebound in Red Morocco Leather, all edges trimmed and the top edge stained red. The set is further characterized by matching cream colored endpapers, and is housed in a custom red cloth covered slipcase. The boards of the books feature dual embossed rules around the edges, with the spine gilt stamped with the titles, author, and published dates. All are very clean and bright, with a couple of small smudges on occasional page margins, no foxing or offsetting, and none have any writing or signatures. 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. Item #1722
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The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions, Fine Red Leather Binding with Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings, 1st US Edition, Early Impressions with Dusjtackets.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1955/1955/1956 1st Editions, 2nd imp./2nd imp./1st Impression respectively. A beautiful set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is housed in a custom leather slipcase to show and protect this beautiful set. The set is all original cloth with the correct original dustjackets. The Fellowship of the Ring corresponds to the 3rd impression of the UK 1st Edition, but is the 2nd US impression, as Houghton Mifflin did not order any of the 2nd UK impressions. The Near Fine dustjacket of the Fellowship has clean bright colors with almost no wear or rubbing. The rear panel has some light soiling to the white areas, but not loss to any edges or folds. The Two Towers Very Good Plus dustjacket exhibits all the correct issue points for this early copy, including the "stripe, gap and cufflink" points. There is only minor rubbing at the spine fold areas with minor loss or chips, beautiful bright colors, a tiny bit of tanning to the spine, hardly noticeable. The Fellowship dustjacket has the photo of Tolkien in a 'V' on the rear panel, is not priced, and has the 'w' nicked on the front flap, line 11. The Return of the King dustjacket is price clipped and so is lacking the oversized '5' in the price with double uprights, the correct issue point for a true 1st Impression. The Very Good Plus dustjacket on The Return of the King shows some rubbing and minor loss at the spine tips and along the flap fold with minor loss to the tips. The books are tight and clean without inscriptions or writing, no foxing or offsetting noted. The Fellowship does have a small bookstore sticker on the front free endpaper. Only the dustjacket of The Return is price clipped, and all lack any foxing whatsoever. Besides being a truly beautiful looking set, this set is very scarce and collectable. The original maps are present in all three volumes, no extra folds or tears noted. The full leather slipcase is felt lined, and stamped with Tolkiens Ring & Eye Design with Tengwar Title and Author, the JRRT Monogram to the rear panel. Additional digital images can be supplied on request. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. A wonderful addition to anyone's Tolkien collection. Item #1477
Price: $2,500.00
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The Lord of the Rings, 1st US Edition, Early Impressions with Dusjtackets. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Poems and Stories - Allen & Unwin De Luxe Editions in Publishers Cases
London: Allen & Unwin, 1982. J.R.R. Tolkien. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Poems and Stories - Allen & Unwin De Luxe Editions in the Publishers Case with labels. A beautiful Near Fine/Very Good Plus set of the Allen & Unwin De Luxe Editions. The Lord of the Rings is the 8th impression, published in 1982, of the 1 volume De Luxe hardback edition of 1969, printed on India Paper (making the entire trilogy only 1" thick), housed in original publishers case with clean bright label. The Hobbit is the 4th impression, published in 1986, of the 1st De Luxe Edition of 1976, with the Tolkien line drawings colorized by H. E. Riddett, also housed in original publishers case with a clean bright label. Poems and Stories is the 1st Impression, published in 1980, also housed in publishers case with clean label. The label and the black covering have released in a number of areas, mainly around the folds, which has caused a bubbled appearance to the case. All three of these De Luxe Editions are bound in black buckram cloth, with elaborate multi colored gilt artwork to the front boards. Gilt compartments with Title, Author, and publisher on the spines. A few rubs to the gilt rule on the edges of The Lord of the Rings with some minor loss of color. An exceptional set for the collector. No names, writing or faults noted in any of the books. Maps are present in the first two books, Poems and Stories was not issued with one.. All of the publishers cases are in Very Good condition with a couple of split corners neatly repaired, and have protected the books very well over the years. Overall Near Fine/Very Good Plus copies of these wonderful books, each lacking the original onion skin wrappers for 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, Limited Editions, and odd bits of ephemera are available. Item #1692
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The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Poems and Stories - Allen & Unwin De Luxe Editions in Publishers Cases. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Silmarillion, 1982 Super Deluxe Signed Limited Numbered Edition #100
London: Allen & Unwin, 1977. Limited/Numbered. Full-Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Allen and Unwin in 1982. This is the Super Deluxe Signed Limited Numbered Edition. "This is copy number 100 of the first one thousand copies off the press of the first edition of The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, reserved for later publication in this collector's edition." Only the first 100 were signed by Christopher Tolkien to the Limitation Notice. To support this statement, this copy has the noted points or error's: Page 330 line 4 shows no period after Feanor. Page 352 line 39 has an italicized "and" in 'Lord of Waters and King of the Sea'. Making this the First State of the First Impression. A Near Fine example of the very hard to find Super Deluxe Limited Edition issued to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the first publication of The Silmarillion. Collected and edited by Christopher Tolkien after his fathers death. Original publishers full red leather binding, with raised bands, gilt stamping, and top edge gilded as issued. a couple of rubs to the top edge gilding, the only fault noted. The book features a red silk ribbon marker bound in, raised bands and gilt stamped Title, Author, and Publisher to the spine. The front boards features the JRRT Monogram gilt stamped in single gilt ruled box. Blind stamp of the heraldic device Tolkien designed to represent Luthien Tinuviel to the rear boards. On the first free endpaper, the Publisher's Limitation Plate, gives the Limitation number of 100 of 1000, and has a wonderful, clean flowing signature of Christopher Tolkien. The map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North appears as a fold-out map, and is printed in black and red, no tears or marks noted. A striking example of a very scarce and hard to find book. Matches in size and style the 1987 Unwin Hyman Super Deluxe Limited Edition of the Hobbit. No foxing, no previous owners name or any other writing. The red leather is not faded to the spine, as is so often the case. The original slipcase has been replaced with a custom quarter bound red leather and cloth clamshell case, made by The Chelsea Bindery. Lined with red velvet, a fabulous home to protect and house this very scarce edition. 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. Item #1414
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The Silmarillion, 1982 Super Deluxe Signed Limited Numbered Edition #100. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Silmarillion, The Presentation Copy, Specially Bound for Methuen Publications
London: Allen & Unwin, 1977. First Edition. Full-Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Methuen Publications Specially Bound Presentation Copy, First Edition, Limited. 368 pp.+ 1 plate (map), fold out map at rear. One of a "small number of copies of the Clowes impression were specially bound in dark blue leather, upper cover and spine stamped in gilt, for presentation by the publisher." (Hammond and Anderson page 220) No dustjacket as issued. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. One of a limited edition specially bound for Methuen Publications. Canada. Publisher's presentation label pasted in on title page. Near Fine condition. Scarce in any condition. A custom marbled paper slipcase is provided to house and protect this wonderful copy. The slipcase features two of Tolkien drawings, gilt stamped to the covers that represent Luthien Tinuviel to the front, and Fingolfin to the rear. From the dustjacket blurb, 'The Tales of the Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration and source of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing: he worked on the book throughout his life, but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins The Lord of the Rings, it is the story of the First Age of Tolkien's world, the ancient drama to which characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, and in which some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.' Additional 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. Item #967
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The Silmarillion, The Presentation Copy, Specially Bound for Methuen Publications. J. R. R. Tolkien.