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, with and an additional presentation plate to the front free endpaper stating, "To friends of the publisher, this special limited edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion is given in appreciation of your encouragement and support. Methuen Publications September 15, 1977". Near Fine condition, with some fading to the topstain, the only fault. Scarce in any condition. A custom marbled paper covered slipcase is provided to house and protect this wonderful copy. The slipcase features the custom marbled paper from Joan Ajala of Australia. From the dustjacket blurb of the trade edition, '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.
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London: George Allen & Unwin, 1978. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Thus. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Tolkien Library, a collection of Tolkien's five most famous books, collected together by Allen & Unwin in 1978, housed in the original publishers slipcase, featuring a photo of J.R.R. Tolkien by Billett Potter to the rear side of the slipcase. A very scarce set in Very Good Plus condition. No names or writing in any of the books. All books are not clipped, and only the Hobbit is lacking the Allen & Unwin priced sticker. No foxing or offsetting to any of the books. Each book has its original topstain, without fading or any marks. The Return of the King shows a damp stain at the top of the front panel and goes around to the spine, no damage to the textblock. A fabulous set, without any major faults. A minor bump to the side corner on the back, along with a little rubbing to the corners. The illustrated paper has some wrinkling where it appears it may have been damp, along the upper edge on one side. The green cloth on the top and bottom of the case is clean and unmarked. The books fit tightly enough so that I have not covered the dustjackets in protectors, as I do not believe they would fit in the case properly. The Hobbit is the 1st impression of the 4th Edition published in 1978. The Lord of the Rings are also published in 1978, the 10th/9th/9th (77) impressions respectively. The Silmarillion is the 4th impression of 1977. All five books are the original copies to be housed in this collection, a rare opportunity to add to your own Tolkien Library. 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.