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.
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London: Allen & Unwin, 1977. Limited/Numbered. Full-Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. Originally published by Allen and Unwin in 1977, reserved and later bound in Red Leather and released in 1982. This is the Super Deluxe Limited Numbered Edition. "This is copy number 189 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." 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. The book features red silk ribbon marker bound in, raised bands and gilt stamped Title, Author, and Publisher on 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 189 of 1000. 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, very clean and bright. 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, not surprising being one of the first 1000 printed. A striking example of a very 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 only fault to the book is a slight bit of fading to the red leather on the spine, no offsetting, no scratches or shelfwear to the bottom edge of the boards. The slipcase is the original publishers slipcase with the opening edged with matching red leather, also in Near Fine condition with light rubbing to the bottom edges and corners of the red cloth covering. 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.