Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954.
J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very Good Plus / Very Good Plus. Item #2159
The Lord of the Rings, published by Houghton Mifflin. A lovely First Edition First Impression set of the classic Lord of the Rings. Housed in a custom dark blue leather slipcase, to show and protect the set. The Fellowship of the Ring is the 1st US Impression, published in 1954. Has the date 1954 on the Title page. This copy is in its original dustjacket, with the correct issue points. The dustjacket shows a considerable chipping to the top and bottom of the spine, and some loss to the tips of the flap folds. The flap fold are starting to split in spots, but still in one piece. The spine of the dustjacket is somewhat faded, but still shows the golden color and red on the lettering. The boards are very nice, showing a little soiling to the edges, some shelf wear to the bottom, with the spine frayed and showing a little loss of color. The corners are not bumped, but again showing some shelfwear. A previous owners name and address to the front boards, along with a tape ghost at the bottom edge, no other writing. The endpapers show a little offsetting, and lightly tanned. The text block shows no markings or folded corners, clean & bright. The original map is present, unmarked, no tears or extra folds noted. The map shows the 1st state point of the red dot off the coast of Umbar. Overall, a beautiful Very Good copy of a very scarce and desirable book. The Two Towers is a 1st impression, published in 1955 with the date on the title page, in its original dustjacket, with the correct issue points of the "stripe" at the top and bottom of the front, the "notch" in the "R" of Towers, all points present and visible. These points are found only on the 1st impression dustjackets. The dustjacket has some edgewear to the folds and the ends of the spine. A pair of 1/2" closed tears to the bottom front corner and the top spine fold area, only minor color loss to the edges of the tears. The colors remain bright and vibrant, with only the most minor soiling. The book itself is Very Good Plus condition, no offsetting or foxing, and minimal soiling to the boards. The gilt remains bright and untarnished. The original map is present, unmarked, no tears or extra folds noted. This map also has the 1st state point of the red dot off the coast of Umbar. A beautiful copy, extremely scarce in this condition, with only 1,000 copies published. The Return of the King is a 1st impression, with the date, 1956 on the title page, indicating a true 1st Impression. The book also has the signature mark '4' on page 49, with the slipped type. The dustjacket shows no fading, and only the most minor chips or loss at the spine folds and tips of the flap folds. The rear panel shows quite a bit of soiling and staining to the flap fold areas, while the dark grey color doesn't appear to be faded or soiled to the front or spine, only the white back panel and flaps. The dustjacket also shows the first state point of the "larger, bolder" dollar sign, with the double uprights extended. The dustjacket does show a couple of fold overs on the upper corner on the front flap, now straightened. The boards are very clean and bright, no soiling, gilt still bright, no shelfwear noted. The corners don't show any bumping. Some age darkening to the endpapers, but no names or writing. The map is present and shows no tears or extra folds, clean and bright. The text block is clean, with no markings or folded corners. Another very nice copy of an extremely collectable book. Overall the set presents beautifully, with nice colors, only the most minor chipping and loss at a few corners. All maps are present, and in Very Good Plus condition. An extremely scarce set, in collectable condition. 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: $9,500.00 save 5% $9,025.00