The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Pirated Edition in Custom Leather Slipcase
Taipei, Taiwan: Bookcase Shop Ltd, 1968.
J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good Plus / Very Good Plus. Item #2549
The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, these are later impressions of the Chinese or Taiwan Pirated Edition, in a Custom Black Leather Slipcase. A wonderful and scarce collection of Tolkien's books, Pirated Editions, published by unknown printers, rather then the more common Taiwan editions published by The Bookcase Shop Ltd, Taipei. These are printed from the US copies published by Houghton Mifflin and show no authorization or permission to reprint. The Hobbit is a copy of the 25th printing, originally printed in 1968. The Lord of the Rings are printed from copies of the Houghton Mifflin 2nd Ed, 4th/3rd/3rd impressions originally published in 1968. An unusual four volume hardback set, matched in size and format. One note of significance, The Return of the King shows the slipped type on page 49, but does not have a signature mark '4' on the page. None are priced or clipped. The top edges of the books are slightly dusty, otherwise a bright set of this classic of fantasy literature. The dustjackets all show rubbing with minor color loss to the top of the spine and edges, as well as fading to the brightly colored spines. Very Good Plus books in Very Good Plus dustjackets. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are all in covered in red cloth, with their original dustjackets. The cloth boards have no gilt stamping except to the spine on each book. The books are all in Very Good Plus condition with the dustjackets in Very Good Plus condition. Only The Hobbit has a previous owners name, no other writing or marks, only light offsetting to the white endpapers. The dustjackets show a very small amount of rubbing, and the colors are very crisp and bright, with significant fading to the bright colors on the spines. Original maps are attached at the rear of the Lord of the Rings books, with a minor amount of creasing to the edge above and below the mounting hinge on the maps, where the Hobbit has its maps bound into the textblock instead of as endpapers. A custom black leather slipcase stamped with Tolkien's Smaug and Ring & Eye designs, is furnished to house this lovely collection. 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: $500.00 save 5% $475.00