London: Allen & Unwin, 1955.
J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very Good Plus / Very Good Plus. Item #1928
The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen and Unwin in 1955, these books are early impressions of the 1st UK Edition, originally published in 1954/1954/1955 respectively. The Fellowship of the Rings is a 3rd impression published in 1955. The Two Towers is a 2nd impression published in 1955, the title verso states it is a 2nd impression, confirmed by the 1955 date on the Title page, in its correct 2nd impression dustjacket. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published in 1955, in it's correct 1st impression 1st State dustjacket, lacking the blurbs on the rear flap. Top stain is faded to The Fellowship, not the other two books. All three books have their original dustjackets which are in Very Good Plus condition showing some light rubbing with the only minor loss to the bottom of the spine on the Fellowship of the Ring. A couple of splits at the lower spine folds, with some minor loss at the fold areas. The others are in remarkable condition with only the most minor wear to the edges, and only very light tanning to the spines of all three books. The dustjackets are priced and not clipped and covered in archival protectors, showing a little fading to the red lettering on the Two Towers. The books are in Very Good Plus/Near Fine condition without any names or writing, some offsetting to the endpapers on The Two Towers, none to the other two books. No previous owners names or markings to any of the books. The gilt to the spines are all clean, slightly dulled more so to The Two Towers. Each book has it's own original foldout map tipped in at the rear, and all are in excellent condition with no tears or extra folds noted. A custom full Red Leather slipcase to house and protect this wonderful 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.
Price: $5,000.00 save 5% $4,750.00