The Lord of the Rings, Authorized Edition in Black, White and Red Publishers Slipcase
New York: Ballantine Books, 1966.
Barbara Remington. 4th Edition. Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Very Good / No Jacket, as Issued. Item #2551
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Authorized Edition in Black, White and Red publishers slipcase. A set of the 'Only Authorized' paperback's, published by Ballantine in 1966. The Lord of the Rings, all early printings as noted on copyright page. The set consists of a 7th impression of The Fellowship of the Ring, the 6th impression of The Two Towers, and the 5th impression of The Return of the King, all from August and September 1966. All three books are in Very Good Plus condition with only minor wrinkling and rubbing of the spines. No previous owners names or writing in any of the books. All three books are complete and whole, the text blocks are all clean and bright, not as darkened as is often the case. This set is housed in second state publishers slipcase, with price sticker showing $2.85, that features Barbara Remington's artwork in black, white and red. The top red is a little mottled, not sure what caused it. The Barbara Remington Triptych artwork, which Tolkien objected to, with him 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.
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