London: Allen & Unwin, 1962.
J.R.R. Tolkien. First Edition. Original Cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very Good Plus / Very Good. Item #2271
The Lord of the Rings, published by George Allen & Unwin in 1962. 1st Editions, the 12th imp/9th imp/9th imp. A scarce set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is housed in the original publishers slipcase, showing considerable wear and rubbing to the edges, some soiling, label still relatively bright and mildly stained. The set is in Very Good Plus condition, with no writing or signatures in the books, other than a young childs story of purchasing and starting to read these books, spread across the rear free endpaper of all three books. There is no foxing or offsetting in any of the books. The red topstain is faded on book number 1 & 3. The exterior cloth is clean, with the gilt untarnished and bright. The books are clean and tight, and the maps are attached, and show no extra folds or tears. The dustjackets are complete and the correct impression for the books. The dj's are Very Good with minor chips to the top of the spine folds on the Fellowship, with no chips or rubbing to the other two. The dustjackets show dark tanning to the spines, with the front panel of the Return darkened from being in contact with the slipcase for decades. The edges of the slipcase show considerable wear and rubbing, but have protected the books for almost 60 years. Becoming very difficult to find complete original sets these days. High resolution 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: $900.00 save 5% $855.00