London: Allen & Unwin, 1954.
J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near Fine / Very Good Plus. Item #2233
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 1954 & 1955, these books are early impressions of the 1st UK Edition, originally published in 1954/1955/1955 respectively. The Fellowship of the Rings is a 2nd impression published in December 1954, less than 6 months after the 1st Impression was released. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published in 1954, in its correct original 1st impression dustjacket. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published in 1955, in its correct 1st impression dustjacket. All three books have their correct dustjackets which are in Very Good plus condition showing some soiling and tanning to the spines. The only loss would be minor chipping at the fold areas. The dustjackets show some minor soiling to the white areas, whereas the spine is browned. None of the books are price clipped and none show any reinforcing of the spine or flaps, totally untouched. The books are in Near Fine condition with absolutely no offsetting to the endpapers and no previous owners names or writing in any of the books. Each book has its own original foldout map tipped in at the rear, and all are in excellent condition with no tears or extra folds noted. The maps in The Fellowship and The Two Towers both show the 1st State point of the red dot off the coast of Umbar, so the Fellowship is very likely an early copy using the leftover maps from the 1st impression. The Return of the King is the 1st State of the book, with no signature mark "4" and the type has not slipped. Seems only one out of 10 is actually the 1st state of this book. A custom red leather slipcase to house and protect this highly sought after 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: $12,800.00 save 5% $12,160.00