London: Allen & Unwin, 1977.
First Edition. Full-Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near Fine / No Jacket, as Issued. Item #2041
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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