London: Allen & Unwin, 1954.
J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near Fine / Very Good Plus. Item #1916
The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions with Original Dustjackets, Leather Clamshell Case. George Allen & Unwin, published in 1954, 1954, and 1955, the 1st UK Edition, 1st 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. This copy is the later state, with the signature mark '4' and having the 'slipped' type on page 49. Correspondence with Wayne Hammond has indicated he has revised his original definition of the 1st state, from what was described in the Tolkien Bibliography, which is the same as this copy, but now this is considered the later state. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, no tears or misfolds noted. Both the Fellowship and The Two Towers maps have the 1st state point, the red dot off the coast of Umbar. The books exhibit no soiling with the boards showing clean and bright. Gilt titles, author and publisher are still bright and untarnished, some light rubbing to the edges, a couple of lightly bumped corners to the Two Towers. A slight bit of shelfwear to the bottom of the boards, with the spine tips a little pushed and rubbed as well. All three books are in their original dustjackets, which are not price-clipped. The dustjackets are all lightly soiled, with some tanning, but no fading to the red lettering on the spines. The red topstain is a bit dust and slightly faded on all three books. Previous owners name to the front free endpaper of The Two Towers, no other writing in any of the books. The endpapers show a moderate amount of offsetting on the Fellowship and Two Towers, with no offsetting to the Return of the King. A couple of foxing spots scattered in the books, only The Two Towers shows any foxing to the edges of the textblock. The dustjackets are not price clipped, and they show some minor loss to the edges, mostly to the spine and flap folds and spine tips on The The Two Towers, which also has a single small hole under the "O" in Towers. They have a number of small closed tears to the edges, with the spines lightly tanned and aged as is often found. No repairs or restoration to these original dustjackets, completely unsophisticated. The text blocks are all clean and bright, with only the most minor of internal foxing. A highly sought after set of first editions 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.
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