Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955.
J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #2068
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1955/1955/1956 1st Editions, 3rd imp./3rd imp./1st Impression respectively. A beautiful set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is housed in a custom red leather slipcase to show and protect this beautiful set. The set is all original cloth with the correct original dustjackets. The Fellowship of the Ring corresponds to the 3rd impression of the UK 1st Edition, but is the 2nd US impression, as Houghton Mifflin did not order any of the 2nd UK impressions. The Near Fine dustjacket of the Fellowship has clean bright colors with almost no wear or rubbing, but the spine has a tiny hole beween the 'Houghton & Mifflin' towards the bottom of the spine. The rear panel has no soiling to the white areas, nor any loss to any edges or folds. The Two Towers Near Fine dustjacket exhibits all the correct issue points for this early copy, including the "stripe, gap and cufflink" points. There is only minor rubbing at the base of the spine area with minor color loss, no chips or tears, beautiful bright colors, a tiny bit of tanning to the spine, hardly noticeable. The Fellowship dustjacket has the photo of Tolkien in a 'V' on the rear panel, is not priced or clipped, and has the 'w' nicked on the front flap, line 11. The Return of the King dustjacket is not price clipped and shows the oversized '5' in the price with double uprights, the correct issue point for a true 1st Impression. The Near Fine dustjacket on The Return of the King shows some rubbing without any loss at the spine tips or along the flap folds. The books are tight and clean with no names or writing noted. No bumped corners, the exterior of the books are clean and bright, no tarnish to the gilt stampings. None of the dustjackets are price clipped, and all lack any foxing whatsoever. Besides being a truly beautiful looking set, this set is very scarce and collectable. The yellow topstain is faded on the Fellowship but still clean and clear on the others. The original maps are present in all three volumes, no extra folds or tears noted. The full red leather slipcase is felt lined, and stamped with Tolkiens Ring & Eye Design with Tengwar Title and Author, the JRRT Monogram to the rear panel. Additional digital images can be supplied on request. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. A wonderful addition to anyone's Tolkien collection.
Price: $2,400.00 save 5% $2,280.00