London: Allen & Unwin, 1954.
J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #1810
The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions, with a Custom Leather Slipcase. Published by George Allen and Unwin, 1954/1954/1955 respectively, all are 1st UK Editions, First Impressions. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published July 29th, 1954, one of 3000 printed for the UK. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954, one of 3250 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955, one of 7000 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is the later state with the slipped type and signature mark '4' on page 49, as per Wayne Hammond's revised opinion. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, with both The Fellowship and Two Towers maps showing the 1st State point of the red mark off the coast of Umbar. All three books are in their correct 1st impression dustjackets, in Very Good Plus/Near Fine condition, the Two Towers with some minor rubbing and chips to the spine ends, one closed tear to the upper front spine fold area. The Return of the King dustjacket is the 1st State lacking any blurbs to the rear flap. There is almost no rubbing and the lightest of soiling to the Fellowship and Return of the King, no chips or loss, and positively no fading. None are price clipped, and show a bit of rubbing along the folds. No foxing, but some minor offsetting on the endpapers of The Fellowship. The red cloth covered boards are clean and bright, with a bit of tarnishing to the gilt to The Two Towers. The Fellowship and The Return are clear and bright, but the corners of the front boards of The Fellowship are bumped. The text block is clean, bright and tight, without any internal foxing or markings. No spine lean, no previous owner's names or writing. The maps in The Fellowship and The Two Towers are the original, both without any tears or extra folds, also have the 1st state point with the red dot off coast of Umbar. The Return of The Kings map is also original and has no tears or extra folds. A beautiful, fresh collectable set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. 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.
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