Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1957.
J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very Good Plus / Very Good Plus. Item #1881
Houghton Mifflin , 1957/1957/1956 1st Editions, 7th imp./5th imp./1st impressions. An exceptionally scarce and lovely set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is all original cloth with the correct original dustjackets. The dustjackets are all in Very Good Plus condition, with only The Fellowship being price clipped. The Return of the King has a closed tear to the lower rear panel and a closed tear to the rear upper spine fold area, both neatly repaired with conservation tap, with minor chips and loss to the tips of the spine and fold areas. The three dustjackets are very bright, with minor chips and loss mainly to the ends of the spine, along with occasional black marks from an old style dustjacket protector. The protector has also left some tape ghosts to the endpapers, and some lines to the dustjackets, should be apparent in the photos provided. The Fellowship has some tape to the inside, which has darkened the upper inch of the spine a bit, but still has helped stop and further loss to the spine. This set is very scarce, with the variant Slate Blue/Grey Binding on the Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers, the only impressions that have this variant binding from the publisher. All three books have a previous owners bookplate (same) on the front free pastedown, mainly hidden by the dustjacket flap, no other writing noted. A slight musty smell to the books, hopefully airing them out a bit will help. The Return of the King, is a 1st impression, and the dustjacket exhibits the 1st state points with the oversized price and double strokes to the dollar sign. Original maps present in all three volumes, with a minor repair to a tear at the mounting fold of The Fellowship. The set now housed in a custom Black Leather Slipcase, featuring Tolkien's Ring & Eye device, Tengwar titles and author, and Tolkien's monogram to the rear board. 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.
Price: $1,500.00 save 5% $1,425.00