New York: Ballantine Books, 1965.
A. 2nd Edition. Soft cover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Near Fine / No Jacket, as Issued. Item #2440
The Lord of the Rings, Original Green Publishers Slipcase. A set of the 'only authorized' paperback's, first published by Ballantine in October 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, small split on one side neatly repaired. The Fellowship of the Ring is the 4th printing of March 1966, The Two Towers is the 3rd printing of June 1966, 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, in black and white, 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. 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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