Ballantine Books, 1965.
Barbara Remington. First Thus. Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Near Fine / No Jacket, as Issued. Item #2237
A set of the 'only authorized' paperback's, published by Ballantine in October 1965 thru December 1965 ). This set consists of the first boxed set of The Lord of the Rings in the scarce original green publisher's slipcase. The slipcase is showing some wear to the corners and edges, also has a scar from the removal of a price sticker, I would guess, on the back of the box. The Fellowship of the Ring is the 2nd printing of October 1965, The Two Towers is the 1st printing of November 1965, and The Return of the King is the 1st printing of December 1965. These are all in Very Good Plus/Near Fine condition, with a few light creases to the spines and a bit of discoloring to the white areas. The Two Towers and Return of the King appear to be unread. No previous owner's name in the books. Remarkable condition considering over 50 years old. The set of books have the Barbara Remington Triptych artwork, which Tolkien objected to, wondering where the idea's for the illustrations originated. The answering salvo of the "War over Middle- Earth". To establish a new copyright, Tolkien was asked to submit new material to create a new Edition, and so secure their copyright beyond question. Tolkien conducted a personal campaign against Ace Books in letters to his American fans. The "War over Middle-earth' was fought in the popular press, with the publicity contributing to increased sales and popularity. Within a year, Ace gave in to public pressure. They agreed to print no more copies, and they negotiated royalties to be paid to Tolkien. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
Price: $350.00 save 5% $332.50