London: Allen & Unwin, 1960.
J.R.R. Tolkien. 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings, Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very Good Plus / Near Fine. Item #2345
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 1959 thru 1961, these books are middle impressions of the 1st UK Edition, originally published in 1954/1954/1955 respectively. The Fellowship of the Rings is a 9th impression published in 1960, in its correct 9th impression dustjacket. This copy incorrectly claims to be the 8th impression, which was actually published in 1959. The printers changed the 8th impression date to 1960, but did not add in the 9th impression listing, as per The Tolkien Collector, Number 20, edited by Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond. The Two Towers is a 6th impression published in 1959. The Return of the King is an 8th impression published in 1961. All three books have their original dustjackets which are in Very Good Plus condition showing some light rubbing with no tears or loss to the edges, and only very lightly tanned to the spine. The Fellowship dustjacket shows some discoloration (dampstain?) to the back panel and to the top back edge of the spine, however no marking to the books covers. The dustjackets are not price clipped. The books are in Very Good Plus condition without any offsetting or foxing. Small previous owners stamp to the Two Towers, while the Fellowship has a small gift inscription on the page following the printing history. There is also a small "pg 219" to the front endpaper, and page 219 has a couple of marks to start and end a poem on that and the following page. The gilt to the spines are all clean and bright. Each book has it's own original foldout map tipped in at the rear, and all are in excellent condition with no tears or extra folds noted. A custom red leather slipcase to house and protect this wonderful 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.
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