Taipei: Bookcase Shop, Ltd, 1972. J.R.R. Tolkien. Second Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, and The Silmarillion, Taiwan Editions, in a Custom Black Leather Slipcase. A wonderful and scarce collection of Tolkien's books, the Taiwan Editions, published in February 1972 & November 1977 by the Bookcase Shop Ltd, Taipei. Printed by permission of Allen & Unwin, The Hobbit is the 1st printings of the Second Edition, published in February 1972, The Lord of the Rings are all 1st impressions published in February 1972, while the Silmarillion, also a 1st impression, was published in November 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 dustjackets all show rubbing with minor color loss to the top of the spine and 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 condition with the dustjackets in Very Good Plus/Near Fine condition. None of the books have any writing, names, or dates, 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. 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 textblock 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: 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 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 or writing, and a slight amount of offsetting to the endpapers. Housed in the original dustjackets, all are Very Good Plus condition, having a bit of loss to the top and bottom of the spine ends, and the corners of the fold areas, a couple of closed tears. Previous owner has used clear tape on the back of the dustjacket to reinforce and stop any further damage to the fragile dustjackets. one of the dustjackets are price clipped, and they show a bit of light tanning to the spines. These unusual dustjackets are in Very Good Plus condition, and show beautifully. All maps are tipped in at the rear, and in excellent condition, no tears or misfolds noted. This set features a line drawing by an unnamed artist for The 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 with gold foil stamping 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.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1969. J.R.R. Tolkien. First Thus. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, De Luxe Edition, by George Allen & Unwin. This is the 1st impression of the one volume De Luxe Edition of the Lord of the Rings, published by Allen & Unwin in 1969. A Near Fine copy of the book, in a Near Fine slipcase. The book basically has no faults, clean and bright, no markings or wear. No previous owners names or writing noted. The case is in very nice condition, no bumped corners, hardly any rubbing or scuffs noted. This edition is printed on India Paper, making the full 3 volumes bound into a single volume, only 1 inch thick. The black buckram cloth has the Tolkien design depicting the Numenorean throne with 'Elendil' in tengwar, stamped on upper cover in gilt, silver and green. Mottled black and grey wove endpapers, all edges trimmed and speckled light green. Housed in the original publishers slipcase, only the first few impressions were issued with the slipcase. Both maps bound in, and in Fine condition, no tears or loss. An beautiful example of this wonderful 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.
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./3rd imp./1st Impression respectively. A beautiful set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is housed in a custom red 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 textblocks from the 2nd UK impressions. The Near Fine dustjacket of the Fellowship has clean bright colors with almost no wear or rubbing, but the spine has a bit of fading. The rear panel has no soiling to the white areas, nor any loss to any edges or folds. The Fellowship dustjacket has the photo of Tolkien in a 'V' on the rear panel, is not priced or clipped, and has the 'w' nicked on the front flap, line 11, the correct issue points for this impression's dustjacket. The Two Towers Near Fine dustjacket exhibits all the correct issue points for this early copy, including the "stripe, gap and cufflink" points. There is some rubbing at the ends of the spine area with minor color loss and a few small chips, beautiful bright colors with a tiny bit of tanning to the spine, hardly noticeable. The Return of the King dustjacket is price clipped, so unfortunately does not show the oversized '5' in the price with double uprights, the correct issue point for a true 1st Impression. The Near Fine dustjacket on The Return of the King shows almost no rubbing, with a tiny closed tear to the top edge, without any loss or rubbing at the spine tips or along the flap folds. The books are tight and clean with no names or writing noted. No bumped corners, the exterior of the books are clean and bright, no tarnish to the gilt stampings, the Return shows a pull at the top of the cloth spine, which has split the cloth without any loss. None of the dustjackets show any foxing whatsoever. Besides being a truly beautiful looking set, this set is very scarce and collectable. The yellow topstain is faded on all three books, with the Fellowship the most faded, but still a little color on the others. The original maps are present in all three volumes, no extra folds or tears noted. The full red 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.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, published by Houghton Mifflin. A lovely First Edition First Impression set of the classic Lord of the Rings. Housed in a custom dark blue leather slipcase, to show and protect the set. The Fellowship of the Ring is the 1st US Impression, published in 1954. Has the date 1954 on the Title page. This copy is in its original dustjacket, with the correct issue points. The dustjacket shows a considerable chipping to the top and bottom of the spine, and some loss to the tips of the flap folds. The flap fold are starting to split in spots, but still in one piece. The spine of the dustjacket is somewhat faded, but still shows the golden color and red on the lettering. The boards are very nice, showing a little soiling to the edges, some shelf wear to the bottom, with the spine frayed and showing a little loss of color. The corners are not bumped, but again showing some shelfwear. A previous owners name and address to the front boards, along with a tape ghost at the bottom edge, no other writing. The endpapers show a little offsetting, and lightly tanned. The text block shows no markings or folded corners, clean & bright. The original map is present, unmarked, no tears or extra folds noted. The map shows the 1st state point of the red dot off the coast of Umbar. Overall, a beautiful Very Good copy of a very scarce and desirable book. The Two Towers is a 1st impression, published in 1955 with the date on the title page, in its original dustjacket, with the correct issue points of the "stripe" at the top and bottom of the front, the "notch" in the "R" of Towers, all points present and visible. These points are found only on the 1st impression dustjackets. The dustjacket has some edgewear to the folds and the ends of the spine. A pair of 1/2" closed tears to the bottom front corner and the top spine fold area, only minor color loss to the edges of the tears. The colors remain bright and vibrant, with only the most minor soiling. The book itself is Very Good Plus condition, no offsetting or foxing, and minimal soiling to the boards. The gilt remains bright and untarnished. The original map is present, unmarked, no tears or extra folds noted. This map also has the 1st state point of the red dot off the coast of Umbar. A beautiful copy, extremely scarce in this condition, with only 1,000 copies published. The Return of the King is a 1st impression, with the date, 1956 on the title page, indicating a true 1st Impression. The book also has the signature mark '4' on page 49, with the slipped type. The dustjacket shows no fading, and only the most minor chips or loss at the spine folds and tips of the flap folds. The rear panel shows quite a bit of soiling and staining to the flap fold areas, while the dark grey color doesn't appear to be faded or soiled to the front or spine, only the white back panel and flaps. The dustjacket also shows the first state point of the "larger, bolder" dollar sign, with the double uprights extended. The dustjacket does show a couple of fold overs on the upper corner on the front flap, now straightened. The boards are very clean and bright, no soiling, gilt still bright, no shelfwear noted. The corners don't show any bumping. Some age darkening to the endpapers, but no names or writing. The map is present and shows no tears or extra folds, clean and bright. The text block is clean, with no markings or folded corners. Another very nice copy of an extremely collectable book. Overall the set presents beautifully, with nice colors, only the most minor chipping and loss at a few corners. All maps are present, and in Very Good Plus condition. An extremely scarce set, in collectable condition. 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.