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Tolkien's Ring, Signed By the Author, and Illustrated By Alan Lee
London: Pavilion Books, 2011. Alan Lee. First Thus. Hard Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Tolkiens Ring by David Day, Illustrated by Alan Lee. Published in the United Kingdom in 2011 by Pavilion Books. A beautiful copy of an exquisite book featuring numerous full page color illustrations, by Alan Lee, as well as being illustrated to almost every page with his wonderful black and white line drawings. Number line indicates this is the 1st printing. Signed to the title page by the author, "David Day", with "Toronto 2011/12". From the blurb, 'Tolkien's Rings is a literary detective work about JRR Tolkien's inspiration and sources. It shows how The Lord of the Rings is the result of an ancient story-telling tradition that dates back to the dawn of western culture; and how by drawing upon the world's primary myths and legends, JRR Tolkien created his own mythology for the twentieth century'. A near fine copy with a couple of minor bumps to the lower edge of the front boards, without dustjacket as issued. No names or writing, clean and bright, no foxing. 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 #1498
Price: $50.00
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Tolkien's Ring, Signed By the Author, and Illustrated By Alan Lee. David Day.
The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, with Full Page Sketch By Alan Lee of Gandalf
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002. Alan Lee. First Edition. Hard Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. A set of three books by Gary Russell, published in 2002, 2003, and 2004 respectively. The Art of the Fellowship of the Ring, Art of The Two Towers, and Art of The Return of the King housed in a custom black faux leather slipcase. All are 1st impressions, and The Fellowship has a pencil sketch by Alan Lee of Gandalf. Inscribed "Greetings from Gandalf, best wishes Alan Lee" The full page sketch is to the verso of the front free endpaper. Alan Lee has also signed the Half Title page as well. A beautiful set of books that have over 1700 exclusive images of the creative develpment of the films, from the artistic consultants, including Alan Lee and John Howe, who inspired Peter Jackson vision for the films. An unusual opportunity for a lovely full page sketch of Gandalf by Alan Lee in a visually striking set of film 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 #1787
Price: $1,000.00
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The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, with Full Page Sketch By Alan Lee of Gandalf. Gary Russell.
Lord of the Rings, One Volume Edition with Signed Drawing of "Gandalf and Three Hobbits"
London: Harper Collins, 1991. Alan Lee. Hard Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Harper Collins in 1991, this is a later impression of the one volume edition with 50 full color illustrations by Alan Lee. This book has also been sketched, signed, and inscribed by Alan Lee to the front free endpaper, "with very best wishes Alan Lee", with a beautiful pencil sketch of Gandalf, his staff, and the three Hobbits following him, spans a portion of the front paste down and the full free endpaper. A remarkable book for the Lord of the Rings collector. This book is now housed in a faux leather slipcase Gilt stamped with title, author and Illustrator to the front, and the JRRT monogram to the rear. A lovely presentation, with the added significance of the three Hobbits following Gandalf, done by the Oscar winning Alan Lee. 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 #1786
Price: $3,000.00
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Lord of the Rings, One Volume Edition with Signed Drawing of "Gandalf and Three Hobbits" J. R. R. Tolkien.
Lord of the Rings, One Volume Edition with Signed Drawing of "Gimli, Son of Gloin"
London: Harper Collins, 1991. Alan Lee. Hard Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Harper Collins in 1991, this is a later impression of the one volume edition with 50 full color illustrations by Alan Lee. This book has also been sketched, signed, and inscribed by Alan Lee to the front free endpaper, "The Lord of the Rings Film Project Wellington, 2001 Alan Lee", with a beautiful pencil sketch of "Gimli, son of Gloin" to the front free endpaper. A remarkable book for the Lord of the Rings collector. This book is now housed in a faux leather slipcase Gilt stamped with title, author and Illustrator to the front, and the JRRT monogram to the rear. A lovely presentation, with the added significance of the reference to the filming in New Zealand in 2001, with the Oscar winning Alan Lee. 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 #1784
Price: $3,000.00
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Lord of the Rings, One Volume Edition with Signed Drawing of "Gimli, Son of Gloin" 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, 1987 Super Deluxe Signed Limited Edition
London: Unwin Hyman, 1987. J.R.R. Tolkien. Signed Limited Numbered. Full-Leather. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. This Limited Numbered Edition was published in 1987 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the original publication of The Hobbit. Bound in dark green leather, and housed in the original publishers slipcase, as issued. This copy is numbered #40 of 500, and is signed on the Limitation Notice by the Editor, Christopher Tolkien. Only the 1st 100 copies are signed. Number 1 went to Raynor Unwin, and the rest have been held on to very tightly by collectors. Very scarce and only rarely available for sale. The book also contains the special forword by Christopher Tolkien. This copy has no faults. No foxing, no marks, still crackles when opened. In unread condition, a must for the serious collector. 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 #1776
Price: $3,000.00
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The Hobbit, 1987 Super Deluxe Signed Limited Edition. 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, 12th Impression in Near Fine Dustjacket.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1961. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Original Cloth. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A beautiful copy of an early printing of The Hobbit. The 1961 12th overall printing, or the 8th printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Very Good Plus book in a Near Fine condition original dustjacket designed by Tolkien. This copy is one of the few early Houghton Mifflin copies with the full printing history stated on the verso of the title page. Stated 12th impression on front flap, not priced or clipped, priced in pencil at $3.95 to the dustjacket flap, noted as printed in Great Britain. This dustjacket is clean & bright with a bit of rubbing and a little color loss at the rear upper spine fold area. The book is the light green cloth, slightly darkened spine with some foxing to the cloth on the front and back panels. Shows no shelf wear or bumped corners, edges of the text block are clean and unfoxed. 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 names or writing in the book. The folds at the flaps and ends of the spine have the smallest of rubs, but very small loss of color. The jacket shows no soiling in the white sections, except for on the spine where it is slightly darkened. A beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this Near Fine condition. A custom green leather slipcase to house this lovely edition is provided, featuring the Mountains and Dragon design as found on the UK cover. 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 #1719
Price: $550.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 12th Impression in Near Fine Dustjacket. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 US 6th Impression with Dustjacket and Custom Leather Slipcase
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 a Very Good Plus condition original dustjacket designed by Tolkien, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 6th printing on front flap, dustjacket is priced clipped, title page verso notes as "Printed in Great Britain", without any printing history. 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, a few spots of foxing to the preliminary pages, does not affect the color frontispiece or title page, bound in the teal colored original cloth from the publisher. Shows very little shelf wear, slight rubbing at the folds, no soiling to note, the spine is darkened, but the corners are unbumped. 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. The dustjacket shows a bit of loss to the spine fold corners, while the flap folds show only the most minor rubbing and slight color loss. A couple minor closed tears along the edges. The only other fault would be a bit of soiling and darkening to the light colored areas, with the spine tanned a bit more. A wonderful copy, scarce in its original dustjacket in this lovely condition. A full leather 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 #1762
Price: $1,000.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1954 US 6th Impression with Dustjacket and Custom Leather Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 7th Impression in Dustjacket, with Custom Leather Slipcase
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955. J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A fantastic copy of an early printing of The Hobbit. The 1955, 7th overall printing, or the 3rd printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine copy in Very Good Plus original dustjacket, designed by Tolkien, featuring his Mountains & Dragon design, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 7th impression on front flap, not priced, not price clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain. One of probably 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 light brown khaki original cloth from the publisher. The dustjacket shows some minor wear, with rubbing to the dustjacket at the folds, a bit of tanning to the spine, no bumped corners. There are a few minor closed tears to the back panel with only minor loss. One chip out of the top rear edge approx 1/4", in the line of runes. Dustjacket colors still bright and clean, presents beautifully. 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. A previous owners name and "Don't take this book" to the free endpaper (map), no other names or any other writing. Overall a beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this 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. Item #1489
Price: $1,200.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1955 7th Impression in Dustjacket, with Custom Leather Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1956 UK 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. The book is in Very Good Plus condition. The covers show a bit of fading to the edges and where the white areas of the dustjacket didn't protect from fading as well. Previous owners name and 1956 date to 2nd blank page, no other names or writing noted. The dustjacket is price clipped front and rear, with the publishers new price printed to the front flap. Two months into production of the 7th Impression of the Hobbits, along with the remaining original 7th Impression dustjackets, Allen & Unwin changed the price as found on this true UK 7th impression dustjacket. The jackets were price clipped -- both front and rear flap -- by Allen & Unwin publishing company itself, with their new price of 12s.6d overprinted below the impression notation on the front flap. So this copy is one with the overprinted price of 12s 6d. A bit of foxing to the flap edges and to the white areas of the dustjacket, with the spine considerably darkened. The verso of the dustjacket also shows the darkening, but does not seem to have transferred to the book itself. Some edgewear and chips with color loss at the top of the spine, and almost none to the bottom. Tips of the flap folds show some loss, mainly to the top folds, but none to the bottom. The original green cloth features dark blue stamping of Tolkien's own design, the iconic Mountains and Dragon. The title verso has the full printing history up to this 8th impression of 1956. Colors are bright and the white areas are soiled, with the darkening of the all areas of the spine. Edges of the text block are clean and unfoxed, with the topstain faded but still evident. A beautiful copy, of an early printing, of this much sought after children's classic. 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 #1613
Price: $950.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1956 UK 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, 1961 12th Impression in Original Dustjacket.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1961. 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 1961. The book is in Near Fine condition, with no soiling or wear at all. A couple of lightly bumped corners, with a bit of fading to the spine and lower edges where sunlight has penetrated thru (or over) the white portions of the dustjacket. Tiny previous owners name to the upper edge of the front pastedown, hidden by the dustjacket flap, no other writing, foxing, or offsetting noted. The boards are the original green cloth with dark blue stamping of Tolkien's own Mountains and Dragon design The title verso has the full printing history up to this twelfth impression of 1961. The original dustjacket is correctly marked the 12th impression, and would appear to be the original as both book and dustjacket are remarkably well preserved. The dustjacket is price clipped and in Very Good Plus/Near Fine condition, with only the most minor of rubbing to the edges and tips of the flap folds, and with a tiny bit of loss to the upper spine fold areas where there are two closed tears with some minor color loss. Colors are bright and unsoiled, with a slight darkening of the spine. Edges of the text block are only lightly soiled and unfoxed. A custom green leather slipcase to house this lovely edition is provided, featuring the Mountains and Dragon design as found on the UK cover, to house and protect this classic. 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 #1720
Price: $575.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1961 12th Impression in Original Dustjacket. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1961 UK Thirteenth Impression with Dustjacket and Custom Leather Slipcase.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1961. 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 and Unwin in 1961. A lovely copy of a very collectable book. This is a 2nd Edition, Thirteenth impression overall, published in 1961, in its original and correct non price clipped Thirteenth impression dustjacket. The book is in Very Good Plus condition. The only faults are a bit of light fading to the top and bottom edges of the boards. The spine of the dustjacket is slightly tanned with a bit of soiling to the front and rear panels. The edges of the dustjacket have a bit of rubbing, with a small amount of associated loss at the tips of the fold areas, and the top of the spine. One closed tear to the top edge near the flap fold area on the front panel, close to 1/2 inch long, with light associated color loss. The back side of the tear has been repaired with a small piece of tape, now browned a bit. A matching tear at the bottom of the spine with a bit more loss at the fold area, also repaired with small piece of tape. A closed split across the spine just below the center point, no tape to this one, and barely shows. Some foxing to the outer edges of the textblock, while the interior pages are still clean and bight. A bit of dust and soiling to the top and edges of the textblock. No previous owner's name or any other writing in the book, pages are bright and clean except a smudge on page 296 that shows thru on 295 & transferred to 297. The books cover is clean, with the browning to the edges and top of the spine. A couple of light bumps to the corners, one to the upper edge of the front panel, with a bit of pushing to the spine ends, but no wear or fraying whatsoever. An early collectable copy that shows beautifully with the very nice dustjacket. Now housed in a custom dark green bonded leather slipcase with The Mountain and Dragon design to one side, and the JRRT monogram to the other. 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 #1741
Price: $325.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1961 UK Thirteenth Impression with Dustjacket and Custom Leather Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1963 14th Impression in Dustjacket, with Custom Leather Slipcase
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1963. J.R.R. Tolkien. Hard Cover. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A beautiful copy of an early printing of The Hobbit. The 1963 14th overall printing, or the 10th printing of the 2nd Edition (1951). A Near Fine/Very Good Plus book in a Near Fine/Very Good Plus original dustjacket designed by Tolkien, as found on the original UK Editions. Stated 14th impression on front flap, not priced or clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain, this dustjacket shows a little rubbing to the spine folds and to the flap folds, with minor chips and color loss. The book is clean and bright with the bright green colored original cloth from the publisher. The first five pages, including the map thru the frontispiece have a small bottom corner missing, the only fault noted. No previous owners names or any other writing noted. Shows no shelf wear, soiling, or 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 names or writing in the book. The jacket shows no soiling in the white sections, and the spine is only slightly tanned. A beautiful copy, scarce in original dustjacket in this Near Fine/Very Good Plus condition. A custom green leather slipcase to house this lovely edition is provided, featuring the Mountains and Dragon design as found on the UK cover. 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 #1709
Price: $375.00
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, 1963 14th Impression in Dustjacket, with Custom Leather Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings - Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King
London: Allen & Unwin, 1963. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition. Quarter Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. First Edition books published by Allen & Unwin in 1963. The Fellowship of the Ring a 13th impression, The Two Towers a 10th impression, The Return of the King a 10th impression. All three books have been rebound in black leather and marbled paper. The binding features the Tolkien line drawing of the Gates of Moria split between the three books, with the Title and Author gilt stamped to medallions mounted to the top of the spines. All edges of the text block have been trimmed and speckled. All original maps are present and in fine condition, small tears to the mounting folds of all three books. A handsome 1st Edition set of the famous trilogy. A lovely item for the Tolkien collector. All are very tightly bound, clean and bright, with no foxing, and with no writing or signatures. Beautiful looking set, with a design incorporating Tolkien artwork. Housed in black leather slipcase featuring Tolkien's Ring & Eye to one side and the Tolkien Monogram to the other. 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 #1793
Price: $750.00
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The Lord of the Rings - Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. 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
Price: $885.00
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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, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the Return of the King, The Infamous Ace "Pirated" Edition in Custom Leather Slipcase.
New York: Ace Books, 1965. Jack Gaughan. First Thus. Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. These are the infamous Ace Books "Pirated Edition" from 1965. The opening salvo of the "War over Middle- Earth". A Near Fine set of this notorious edition. The only minor fault the edges of the Return show some light rubbing with minor color loss, and a little minor darkening to the spine of The Two Towers. The textblock of all three books are quite tanned, about the norm for these early paperbacks made with highly acidic paper. These are the only paperback 'Lord of the Rings' to be printed based on later printings of the 1st Edition. All others were based on the revised 2nd editions. Houghton Mifflin, seemed to have been in technical violation of the law by having imported too many copies printed by Allen & Unwin. Ace Books took notice of the sales and overseas production of the books, (which are marked, 'Printed in Great Britain'), determined that LotR's had fallen into the public domain in the United States, and launched their own edition in spring 1965. {Hammond and Anderson, pg 104} So to secure their American copyright, Tolkien was asked to submit new material to create a new Edition, and so secure their copyright beyond question. Tolkien conducted a personal campaign against Ace Books in letters to his American fans. The "War over Middle-earth' was fought in the popular press, with the publicity contributing to increased sales and popularity. Within a year, Ace gave in to public pressure. They agreed to print no more copies, and they negotiated royalties to be paid to Tolkien. As mentioned this set of books has darkened pages, from the highly acidic paper, with the exterior wraps very bright and clean. A previous owners names to the verso of the front cover of the Fellowship, no other marks or writing noted. A custom red leather slipcase featuring Tolkien's Ring and Eye device on one side with Tengwar Title and Author, and his JRRT monogram gilt stamped on the rear of the case. Makes for a beautiful presentation of these exceptional 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 #1764
Price: $175.00
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The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the Return of the King, The Infamous Ace "Pirated" Edition in Custom Leather Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings, Illustrated By Alan Lee, Publishers Slipcase, Still Sealed in Shrinkwrap
London: Harper Collins, 2002. Alan Lee. First Thus. Hard Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Illustrated by Alan Lee. Published by Harper Collins in 2002, an As New, bright 3 volume set in the original color pictorial dustjackets, Still sealed in original publishers shrinkwrap. No bumped corners or any splits to the seams of the slipcase. All three volumes are assumed to be the 1st printing thus, from 2002, being the first time ever that the Alan Lee illustrated Lord of the Rings was issued in 3 volumes with all 50 of his color plates. The earlier edition had only 48 color plates and was a smaller size. These images eventually defined the look and feel of Peter Jackson's movie trilogy, and earned Alan Lee an Academy Award. A beautiful fully illustrated set for the Tolkien enthusiast. Photos are of an identical opened set, as this one is still sealed. 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 #1759
Price: $330.00
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The Lord of the Rings, Illustrated By Alan Lee, Publishers Slipcase, Still Sealed in Shrinkwrap. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Silmarillion, 1st UK Edition, 1st Printing, 1st State with Dustjacket in Custom Leather Slipcase.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1977. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien. This copy is the 1st printing of the 1st UK Edition published in 1977 by Allen & Unwin. This is the UK Export Edition, bound by William Clowes & Sons Ltd, with no price on the unclipped dustjacket. The book is in Near Fine condition, with no previous owners name, no other writing or marks, a tiny bit of color loss to the tips of the flap folds. The edges of the textblock are lightly soiled (one small liquid spot on front edge of textblock) with the top stain a bit dusty and faded, one bumped corner, upper front panel.. A very clean and bright dustjacket, with no fading or tanning. Only the most minor of rubbing to the edges, the dustjacket is in Near Fine condition. A wonderful copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's lifetime work containing his account of the mythology of Middle-earth, edited by his son, 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, 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. An extremely collectable copy, housed in a custom black leather slipcase, gilt stamped with the JRRT Monogram, and Tolkien's Heraldic device representing Luthien Tinuviel stamped on the covers of the black leather. Any questions, please feel free to ask. 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 #1711
Price: $160.00
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The Silmarillion, 1st UK Edition, 1st Printing, 1st State with Dustjacket in Custom Leather Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Silmarillion, 1st UK Edition, 1st Printing, with Dustjacket in Custom Leather Slipcase.
London: Allen & Unwin, 1977. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien. This copy is the 1st printing of the 1st UK Edition published in 1977 by Allen & Unwin. This is the UK Domestic Edition, bound by Billings & Son Ltd, with the dustjacket price clipped. The book is in Near Fine condition, no previous owners name or any other writing or marks. The edges of the textblock are clean and bright with the top stain darkened. A very clean and bright dustjacket, with no fading or tanning. Only the most minor of rubbing the dustjacket is in Near Fine condition. A wonderful copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's lifetime work containing his account of the mythology of Middle-earth, edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien. The map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North appears as a fold-out map, the variant style that folds up, and is printed in black and red, no tears or marks noted. Noted points or error's: Page 330 line 4 shows the period after Feanor. Page 352 line 39 does not have the italicized "and" in 'Lord of Waters and King of the Sea'. Making this a later state of the First Impression. The dark blue topstain is not faded. An extremely collectable copy, housed in a custom black leather slipcase, gilt stamped with the JRRT Monogram, and Tolkien's Heraldic device representing Luthien Tinuviel stamped on the covers of the black leather. Any questions, please feel free to ask. 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 #1712
Price: $130.00
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The Silmarillion, 1st UK Edition, 1st Printing, with Dustjacket in Custom Leather Slipcase. J. R. R. Tolkien.
Beowulf and the Finnesburg Fragment
London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. First Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Beowulf and The Finnesburg Fragment, Translated into Modern English Prose by John R. Clark Hall. A New Edition Completely Revised with Notes and an Introduction by C.L. Wrenn. With Prefatory Remarks by J.R.R. Tolkien. First published by Allen & Unwin in 1911, with this being the Fourth Impression of 1954. The last printed page is a full page advertisement for books by J.R.R. Tolkien. Lists The Hobbit, 2nd Edition 5th Impression, Farmer Giles of Ham, and The Lord of the Rings "about 25s. net per vol" "In Three Parts: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King". This must be one of the first books to advertise The Lord of the Rings, and they had not set the final price yet. The book is in Near Fine condition, with a few ink and pencil marks along with annotations in it. A pair of previous owners names neatly to the front endpaper. The dustjacket is price clipped, and has a "Distributed by MacMillan" label on the front lower edge. No foxing to the endpapers or edges, none to the textblock itself, still very clean and bright. The covers are very clean and bright, having been protected by the original dustjacket. The green dustjacket has a bit of browning to the edges and spine, but with no wear or chips to the edges, spine, or flap folds. The spine is lightly tanned, but the brown lettering is still bright and legible. No topstain, top edges a bit dusty. A wonderful copy for the Tolkien completist, scarce in this lovely 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. Item #1499
Price: $75.00
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Beowulf and the Finnesburg Fragment. J R. R. Tolkien, John R. Clark Hall, Prefatory.


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