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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