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JRR Tolkien

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Item Description: No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. A unique collection from the 19th & 20th Century of Letters, photographs, postcards, from the family of JRR Tolkien. A wonderful insight into the childhood, upbringing, family and influences on the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Including letters from Arthur & Mabel Tolkien, (parents) 15 unseen long letters by JRR Tolkien himself, 25 letters from other close members of the Tolkien family or associates, including John, Christopher, Michael and Priscilla Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Fr Francis Morgan, Aunt Jayne, Hilary Tolkien etc. around 55 photographs, including JRR Tolkien (signed) and Hilary Tolkien (Brother), Edith, John, Michael & Priscilla. An original Manuscript by Hilary Tolkien (now published). JRR Tolkien's Panama hat and many more interesting items in this unique, historic and significant archive. This archive is for sale as one lot and will not be split. Serious enquiries only to arrange private viewings. Bookseller Inventory # 000088

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JRR Tolkien, Hammond, Wayne G.; Scull, Christina

ISBN 10: 0618083618 ISBN 13: 9780618083619

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Item Description: 1947. No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. JRR Tolkien (illustrator). 1st Edition. Artist: JRR Tolkien Title: New Lodge at Stonyhurst Date: August 1947 A wonderful colour drawing measuring 150mm x 185mm (unframed), titled, dated and initialled, inscribed to rear, `for Mr & Mrs Bailey in memory of a beautiful holiday, August 1947, J.R.R.T. Beautifully framed and also allowing the rear inscription to be viewed. Including a copy of JRR Tolkien Artist & Illustrator where this wonderful piece of art is published. Thought to be one of the few pieces of art by JRR Tolkien to be in private ownership and not held by the Tolkien Family / Tolkien Estate. Provenance; by direct descent. On several occasions J.R.R. Tolkien stayed at New Lodge when visiting Stonyhurst College. The inscription is to the then occupiers of the Lodge. The foreground of the picture contains runner beans in full flower. Comparisons have been drawn between this scene and the view of Tom Bombadil`s house in the Fellowship of the Ring (p.139); `Frodo ran to the eastern window, and found himself looking into a kitchen-garden grey with dew ., his view was screened by a tall line of beans on poles; but above and far beyond them the grey top of the hill loomed up . and the red flowers on the beans began to glow against the wet green leaves` . see Hammond (Wayne G.) & Scull (Christina), J.R.R. Tolkien, Artist and Illustrator, 2004, p. 31-2] The JRR Tolkien Companion & Guide, Chronology p321, Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond 12-21st August 1947. Tolkien and Priscilla (daughter) stay at New Lodge Stonyhurst. In the Guest Book they sign their nationality as ¿English¿ (not British). During the visit Tolkien makes a drawing, New Lodge Stonyhurst, which he gives to the owner of the establishment. On 21st September Tolkien write to Stanley Unwin: ¿For a few days my daughter and I had there blazing sun, a rare commodity in those parts, and abundant food, less rare there than in some other places¿ (Tolkien- George Allen & Unwin archive, Harper Collins). Published in JRR Tolkien Artist & Illustrator fig 28 Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull New Lodge, Stonyhurst depicts the garden of the guest house at which Tolkien stayed in Stonyhurst, Lancashire on three occasions. Tolkien made the drawing in August 1947 and gave it to the family who owned New Lodge. The drawing is featured in J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator, fig. 28. For further details visit my website and information is at the rear of the catalogue. Signed by Author and Illustrat. Bookseller Inventory # 000087

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Author (illustrator). First Edition. 1937 1st edition, 1st impression. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Octavo, original light green cloth with dark blue decorations, original blue, green, white, and black pictorial dust jacket. Fine book and fine original dust jacket with minor restoration to spine head and corners. Book is very clean, has small owners signature to inside cover, slight reading curve to spine, no other flaws. Jacket has conservation repairs mostly to spine head, jacket corners and to two small closed tears and corners. These repairs been expertly color matched on the reverse of the jacket and to provide support to avoid further tearing. Hardly detectable except under bright light. However, as some work has been done, it is priced accordingly. Comes with custom made clamshell protective case. You could spend £60,000 plus for a fine condition copy of this edition without restoration. Please ask for a catalogue of additional photos. Bookseller Inventory # 01237

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Author (illustrator). First Edition. George Allen & Unwin. Perhaps the most unique offeringto Tolkien book collectors ever: the first 10 impressions of The Hobbit, all with original matching jackets. (Unused previous impression jackets were often sold on the next impression in some cases. These are all matching impression books and jackets). While all ten may all be together in a private collection, this is the first time we are aware they have been available for sale as a single lot. It took more than ten years of painstaking effort to collect them all. The first edition alone could cost as much as this whole collection in near fine condition or signed. From time to time the individual impressions come up for sale with jackets, but even later impressions are nowrare with the original unrestored jackets. None of these jackets have any restoration and remain in the charming original state. Itís not always understood by new collectors the valueis more in the jackets than the book, as the jacket are more scarce due to wear, loss and handling. Each book and jacket impression is unique; different ads on the flap, prices, impressions and text changes and corrections. The condition of each also makes this a unique collection as we beleive these are the best condition example of each of the first ten printings as the jackets have been upgraded to better quality examples over time. These were childrenís books and the jackets suffered wear and tear even when the books were new, but over the years the jackt paper has become brittle and delicate with age. Even with gentle handling they suffer furtherdamage each time with small chips falling off. Some have closed tears, tears to cover seams or detached and in section in some cases, but this isnít evident in the protective mylar. All jackets havetattering to spine ends, some paper loss, chips and scuffs to varying degree.Some are better than others as the paper was changed. The early impressions have some paper loss inparticular, but this also makes them more affordable. Many have faded/darkening to the spine colours. All are good to very good, near fine in some cases. All original jackets with no restoration. We can offer a lightly restored jacket and 1st edition book with only conservation restoration for the 1st/1st Hobbit for an upcharge of £20,000. The books are in very good condition considering they are welllove and read often. Some have slight lean and gift inscriptions, some of the middleimpressions have "ghosting" on the book spine/covers where the white of the image is burnedon the spine/book cover from the sun. All are complete, bindings tight, noserious stains, marks or damage. Thesecomprise first and second editions, but are commonly refer to the overallimpression in printing order 1st thru 10th. Up to the 3rdedition 1966 is considered scarce so there are three more books to complete the2nd editions. However we stopped at 10 is a nice round number! These ten books are: 1937 1st Edition/ 1st Impression. 19371st/2nd. 1942 1st/3rd. 1946 1st/4th.1951 2nd Edition/ 1st impression, 5th overallimpression. 1954 2nd/2nd,6th. 1955 2nd/3rd, 7th. 1956 2nd4th,8th. 1957 2nd/5th, 9th and finally 19582nd/6th, 10 overall impression. Bookseller Inventory # 01236

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with the words "FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1937" printed on the copyright page. This copy is SIGNED by J.R.R. Tolkien on a typed letter by the author laid into the book. A wonderful copy. This First Issue dustjacket has the First Issue point with the correction of the 'e' in the 'Dodgeson' present on the rear flap. This original dustjacket is rich in color with minor repair. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A fantastic copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy SIGNED Tolkien First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16090934698

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Author (illustrator). First Edition, 1st. 1937 1st edition, 1st impression. Allen and Unwin. Very book and original, unrestored very good jacket. Book corners have rubbing to cloth corners, slightly grubbiness to spine and three small date stamps front and rear end pages, not noticeable at first glance. Looks like a child was playing with their rubber stamp as there are no other marks or indications to explain them. The dust jacket has a 3 inch paper section missing from the top edge of the rear jacket cover and a smaller section on the cover. This could be restored, but we donít recommend it. Overall, a very collectible copy and more affordable for the flaws mentioned. Comes with custom made clamshell protective case. You could spend £50,000 plus for a fine condition copy of this edition. Please ask for additional photos. Bookseller Inventory # 01235

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by George Allen & Unwin (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings of all three books. A spectacular set SIGNED by Tolkien on a laid in signature in the First book, "The Fellowship of the Ring." Each book is a FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION including "Return of the King" with First Issue point "without the number "4" on page 49. All three books have lovely First Printing dustjackets with only minor wear to the edges, no pieces missing. The books are in excellent condition. The bindings are tight, and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the panels and edges. The pages are clean. There is no writing, marks or bookplates in any of the books. Overall, a beautiful set of this Tolkien trilogy SIGNED by the author in the First Book. We buy Tolkien First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-6048536408

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by George Allen & Unwin (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION published in 1937. A stunning First Issue dustjacket with the correction of the 'e' in the 'Dodgeson' on the rear flap. This ORIGINAL sophisticated dustjacket is vibrant in color with NO chips or tears. The book is in excellent condition with minor wear to the spine and edges. The binding is tight, with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy in collector's condition. We buy Tolkien First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-9020408529

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. 1954,1954,1955, London (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. 1954,1954,1955, London, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition; First Printing. 8vo. A most attractive set of Tolkien's three Landmark Books: (1) The Fellowship of the Ring, one of 2,500 first impression/first state copies bound by Jarrold and Sons, very Nearly Fine condition in alike dust-wrapper; (2) The Two Towers, 3,250 first impressions, faded top-stain, light foxing of page edges, in about Fine dust-wrapper; (3) The Return of the King, one of 7,000 First Edition/First Printings, Near Fine with light foxing to page edges in about Fine, second state dustjacket with reviewer comments to first two titles on back-flap, variant three with signature mark '4' present on page 49 and lines 'sagging' in the middle, originally designated as first state by Hammond/Anderson, later corrected by Wayne Hammond [The Tolkien Collector, Issue 11]. All volumes complete with folded maps of Middle Earth tipped in onto recto, back free endpaper with minor professional paper restoration. Dust-wrappers with original prices, free of prior owner inscriptions or markings. Rather scarce in this condition; Tolkien began The Lord of the Rings between 16 and 19 December 1937, three months after The Hobbit was published and George Allen & Unwin were encouraging Tolkien, against his inclination, to write a sequel. The rest is history. As C. S. Lewis commented (from the dust-jacket) : "If Ariosto rivalled it in invention (in fact he does not) he would still lack its heroic seriousness. No imaginary world has been projected which is at once so multifarious and so true to its own inner laws; none so seemingly objective, so disinfected from the taint of the author's merely individual psychology, no so relevant to the actual human situation yet so free from allegory. And what fine shading there is in the variations of style to meet the almost endless diversity of scenes and characters - comic, homely, epic, monstrous, or diabolic.". Bookseller Inventory # 12777

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Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel].

Published by London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1954-1955 (1954)

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Item Description: London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1954-1955, 1954. Octavo, three volumes, original red cloth, spine panels stamped in gold, top edges stained red. First editions, first impressions, second state of volume three with no signature mark present on page 49. Comprises THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (1954), THE TWO TOWERS (1954) and THE RETURN OF THE KING (1955). 3000, 3250, and 7000 copies printed respectively. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-40. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1606, 1607, and 1608. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 76. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 16. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 897-915. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, pp. 193- 96. Hammond and Anderson A5.a.i-iii. Rear endpaper of FELLOWSHIP age- darkened, several spotty fade marks to top edge stain of RETURN, a fine set in very good (FELLOWSHIP) and fine (TWO and RETURN) dust jackets, the first having some patchy staining to rear panel, the second a bit of tanning to spine panel. Jackets for TWO and RETURN are price-clipped, but are the correct first impression jackets. A very presentable set of this classic. (#110143). Bookseller Inventory # 110143

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by George Allen & Unwin (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. The true first edition in the first issue dust jacket, with the correct price present on the front flap and the typo and hand correction on the back flap. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1506040

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. This is a second set we have for sale, better overall condition to our other set, especially the books, thus higher price. Allen & Unwin, 1954, 1954, 1955, first edition of each title, uniform wear so have likely been kept together for all these years. Very nice condition books and jackets. Slip text 4 on RotK. Book clothe covers have no marks and spotting, no lean. Bindings tight, maps fine. Spine gilt is bright on all three books. Correct edition dust jackets, unclipped, minor grubbiness in a few places, slight tattering to spine head corners. spines are much less darkened with age than my other set. Overall as nice as they come for the money without spending twice the money. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 01261

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Tolkien, J. R. R.; E. V. Gordon & Others

Published by Privately Printed in the Department of English At University College, London (1936)

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Item Description: Privately Printed in the Department of English At University College, London, 1936. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition; First Printing. 8vo. Laid paper, stapled through the fold, bound in grey-blue wrappers, detached from rusting staples as to be expected. Most collectible condition without internal inscriptions, marks or faults. Bottom edge trimmed, top and for-edges untrimmed. Housed in a matching clam-shell case. Conforming with Hammond and Anderson, B15. A vital, landmark element of Tolkien literature. Rare. This particular copy has been shown in exhibitions at the Tolkien Society; The Songs For The Philologists began as duplicated typescripts by E. V. Gordon for the English Department students at Leeds University. Gordon included verses by himself, J. R. R. Tolkien, as well as modern and traditional songs, chiefly in Old and Modern English, Gothic, Icelandic, and Latin. This booklet was printed on the College's private press as an exercise by Dr. A. H. Smith (formerly a student at Leeds) to a group of his students. Smith had not asked permission of Tolkien or Gordon so the books were not distributed but stored at the press in Gower Street. Most of the copies were destroyed in a fire that destroyed part of the building in which the press was housed. Only 14 copies are said to have survived. The total number of copies printed is unknown, but undoubtedly was very small. Bookseller Inventory # 12465

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Item Description: London George Allen & Unwin, 1954. Lovely First Edition Set of Tolkien's Masterpiece TOLKIEN, J.R.R. [The Lord of the Rings Trilogy]. The Fellowship of the Ring. Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings. [Together with:] The Two Towers. Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings. [And:] The Return of the King. Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954. TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring. Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954. First edition. The first book is near fine with contemporary reviews tipped in on the rear paste-down, otherwise clean and unmarked. Cloth and spine titling, bright and fresh. In a near fine dust jacket that has a subtle tissue repair to separation at the lower edge of the front flap. Minor toning to the spine and soiling at the extremities, otherwise an attractive example. [Together with:] TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Two Towers. Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954. First edition. Book two is near fine with the top-stain lightly faded near the spine, otherwise a bright, fresh copy. In a near fine dust jacket with a few stray marks near the author's name on the front panel and the spine gently toned. [And:] TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Return of the King. Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1955. First edition. Book three is just about fine in a lovely near fine dust jacket with the spine gently toned, otherwise in excellent condition. Page 49 with signature mark "4" and with sagging type. A scarce set, particularly in collectible condition, with just 3000 copies of the first book, 3,250 of the second and 7,000 of the final book printed. This set appears to have been collected early as the spine toning is uniform. All original maps and prices intact, as issued. A timeless classic and a cornerstone of the fantasy genre, The Lord of The Rings follows the adventures of the hobbit Frodo Baggins and his compatriots as they battle the Dark Lord Sauron, and attempt to destroy the ring that gives him power over Middle Earth. Tolkien began writing the novel when he was 45 and it took him 12 years to finish it. (The Lord of the Rings would not be published until 1955.) The books, which were inspired by Tolkienís interest in subjects as far reaching as mythology and philology, went on to become a sensation Ė selling over 150 million copies and being translated into over 30 languages. W.H. Auden called The Lord of the Rings a "masterpiece", and it has appeared on Le Mondeís list of the 100 best books of the century. The books were also adapted into the Oscar award winning film trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, and Viggo Mortensen. ".among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." (Contemporary Sunday Telegraph Review) Near Fine. Hammond A5a.i, ii, iii. HBS 67341. $27,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67341

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1954)

Used Hardcover First Edition

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Allen & Unwin, 1954, 1954, 1955, first edition of each title, uniform wear so have likely been kept together for all these years. Sliptext 4 state on RotK. Very nice condition books and jackets, but not as nice as my other set listed, thus the lower price. Book clothe covers have minor marks and spotting, curved spines, but no lean. Bindings tight, maps fine. TT has a damp stain to spine head, spine gilt is worn on all three books. FotR has a little more wear and tear than the other two which is often the case. No marks to books. Correct edition dust jackets, unclipped, minor grubbiness in a few places, the edges in particular, spines are darkened with age which is the main flaw as this set would cost 30% more otherwise. However no tattiness or paper loss except to spine corners of TT. Grey colors still pretsent on covers an flaps, often these are faded to white/beige. Overall as nice as they come without spending twice the money. Ask for photos for a better indicator of condition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001962

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin Ltd. (1937)

Used Hardcover First Edition Signed

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin Ltd., 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. This book is in good condition. There is some darkening to the outside boards and some wear to the top and bottom of the spine and to the corners. A few pages have some very light foxing, but most of the book is clean. There are no bookplates or markings of any kind. This book contains its original black and white frontspiece and all its original illustrations, with none missing or removed. This is a First Edition / First printing from 1937, one of only 1500 copies. This book comes with its rare original dust jacket. The dustjacket is in good condition. It is missing its original front flap (which has been replaced with a facsimile). It is slightly darkened and has some light wear along its edges. It has the ink correction of the "e" in Dodgeson on the rear panel. The book is signed by Tolkien on a mounted paper tipped in on the title page. A rare Signed copy of Tolkien's classic work. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13093240295

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by London: George Allen and Unwin (1937)

Used Hardcover First Edition

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Item Description: London: George Allen and Unwin, 1937. First edition, second impression (the first printing with coloured illustrations). Original green cloth with dark blue titles and illustration, in dustwrapper. Illustrated by the author with four colour and nine black and white full page plates and double page map illustrations to the front and rear. A superb example, the binding very clean and square. There is a tiny previous owner's name in blue ink to the top edge of the blank front endpaper and very light spotting to the text block edge. Complete with the near fine very lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which is a little spotted to the upper panel and flap edges. There is no loss to the dustwrapper and it has not been price-clipped. An exceptional example in entirely original and unrestored condition. The first printing of The Hobbit was issued on 21st September 1937 with a print run of only 1500 copies. The book was an immediate success and sold out within months. This second impression was printed in December the same year in an edition of 2300 copies (423 of which were destroyed at the warehouse of the binder Key and Whiting in the bombing of London on November 7th 1940) and was the first printing to include the authorís four colour plates, initially commissioned for and later published in the American edition. [Hammond A3a] Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Bookseller Inventory # 11537

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (1963)

Used Hardcover First Edition

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Item Description: Allen & Unwin, London, 1963. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, published by George Allen & Unwin in 1963. The true 1st Deluxe Edition of the 3 volumes of the Lord of the Rings, comprised of "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers", and "The Return of the King". The Fellowship of the Ring is signed by the author, J.R.R. Tolkien, to the title page. A wonderful provenance on this signature, as it comes with a note signed by Merlin Unwin, the son of Rayner Unwin. It states that The Fellowship, "belonged to my father Rayner Unwin (Tolkien's editor and publisher) and was kept in his personal library at our family home in Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire. After his death in 2000 it remained there until the death of his widow, Carol, in 2012. Merlin Unwin". The young lad whose book report was instrumental in the publishing of the Hobbit, kept this signed copy for many years. Has the initials A.R.R. to the back of the free endpaper. It has been added to this partial set, which had the original slipcase and the other two books, to complete this lovely set. I know of only one other signed set of this Deluxe Edition, which was given to Pauline Baynes, and recently sold for an extremely high price at auction. This set is bound in the original Black Buckram cloth with gilt titles, author and publisher to the spines of each volume. Each volume features Bevel-Edged boards, gilded page edges, and the original silk bookmark sewn in. The books are in Very Good Plus condition showing some light rubbing and marks to the covers, with almost no marks or rubbing to the gilded edges, Initials to the back free endpaper, with no other writing or inscriptions in any of the books, except for the authors signature. The textblocks are clean and unmarked, with a very tight binding. The original maps are all present, and have no tears or misfolds, nor any browning to the folds as often happens. The spine of the Two Towers is only slightly lighter in color, less so than the common flaw with this edition. Seems to only occur with the Two Towers, and rarely the other two books. The books are housed in the very scarce original publishers slipcase featuring the Pauline Baynes color "Triptych" artwork. This case has some minor splits starting to the entry corners, but very little rubbing to the back corners, and no bumped corners as is often found. Clean and bright, one of the nicest I've run across in many years. The scarcest of all the original Allen & Unwin 1st Editions, as well as the Houghton Mifflin issues, with the signed copy added, makes a marvelous set for the Tolkien enthusiast. According to publishers records, 1000 or less sets produced. Briefly mentioned in the Tolkien bibliography by Hammond and Anderson on page 98. The outside of the slipcase show some superficial rubbing, one small scuff to the back side edge, but whole & complete, without any major stains or faults. A rare opportunity for this scarce signed set with it's original Pauline Baynes illustrated slipcase. A full leather clamshell case has been crafted to house this wonderful set, including the original slipcase. The clamshell features full black leather with recessed panels, holding reproductions of Pauline Baynes color "Triptych" artwork. A beautiful presentation to house and protect this extraordinary set. Digital images available upon request. Other Tolkien sets, original and rebound are available. Inquire if interested. A wonderful addition to anyone's Tolkien collection. Very Good Plus / No Jacket, as Issued. Bookseller Inventory # 1228

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954 (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Impressions of ALL three books. Each book is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the ORIGINAL First Issue dustjacket. The dustjackets have some wear to the spine and edges. The 21s net printed price is present in ALL three dustjackets. The books are ALL First Printings with the words "First Published in 1954" printed on the copyright page of "Fellowship of the Ring" "The Two Towers" and "First Published in 1955" on the copyright page of "The Return of the King" The books are bound in the original RED boards from the publisher. There is some wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean in ALL three books with NO writing, marks or bookplates. Overall, a nice set of all three books. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12679320134

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by Ballentine Books (1965)

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Item Description: Ballentine Books, 1965. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Barbara Remington (illustrator). First Edition. Not since we supplied most of the important pieces to a Tolkien museum in Switzerland has such a key piece come on the market. The importance of this now iconic artwork to Tolkienís huge popularity should not be underestimated. It was the cult status Tolkien first achieved in America on sale of millions of paperback and not in his own Britain,that would make him a household name. The Hobbit for example was not produced in the UK until 1961, 24 years after the first publication. Until 1966 his books only sold a few thousand copies a year, hardly a best seller. In fact the Tolkien society fan club first started in America, some five years before the UK version. Keep reading if you want to know more. We are pleased to offer for sale, perhaps the most important original Tolkien related art piece. It is truly deserving as a museum piece representing a key turning point in the history of Professor Tolkien popularity. While Tolkienís own art was used in the Hobbits, none of his was used in the first lotR except the dust jackets. This is the original concept art submitted to Mrs Betty Ballantine for the 1965 Ballantine Books first paperbacks of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books in America. It was also used for the promotional posters and banners for what was to become very popular editions. It was produced by artist Barbara Remington as a concept proof before the final colour versions were produced. The medium is gouache on card, glued on illustration board with the original Ballantine stock sticker on the reverse, art piece 11 x 11 inches in size plus frame and matt width. It comes with a personal COA letter from Betty Ballantine. It also comes with two custom made frames, one for the art and one for the letter. Art frame has plexiglass panel on the reverse so you can see the Ballantine stock sticker. It also includes a poster- Come to Middle-earth which is the same artwork in colour as well as used on the cover of Fellowship of the Ring. This iconic illustration also has a slightly infamous reputation as Tolkien did not like it initially, but this does not alter its importance to Tolkien lore as we know it today. The History In 1965 Ace Paperbacks in America released unauthorised editions of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the first time in paperback. This was due to a loophole in US copyright. The rush was then on for Houghton Mifflin, Tolkienís US publisher in collaboration with Ballantine books to release authorised paperbacks of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. To close he copyright loophole, a new version of the LotR text was needed, in which Professor Tolkien set out to make changes in 1965. As was often the case, these revisions were quite delayed, forcing Ballantine Books to rush out a new edition of the Hobbit and using Barbara Remington artwork before she had actually read the books. Thus some of the strange figures in the artwork are not in the book. There was even a lion on the cover of the Hobbit PB until it was airbrushed out. During an interview with N Marion Hage and Andwerve, Barbarasaid- "I worked for Ballantine, and as a practice, always read the books before doing the artwork. I didnít have this luxury with the Tolkien Books, something I wish I could have changed. Ballantine was in a hurry to get these books out right away. When they commissioned me to do the artwork, I didnít have the chance to see either book, though I tried to get a copy through my friends. So I didnít know what they were about. I tried finding people that had read them, but the books were not readily available in the states, and so I had sketchy information at best." (As noted above, Barbara did make sketches relative to the books, afterwards, but she couldnít get the publishers to see the point, something which is very regretful). Professor Tolkien was not impressed with the new Hobbit book cover. In a letter to Rayner Unwin, 12 September 1965, Tolkien wrote: ĎI wrote expressing(with moderation) my dislike of the cover for. Bookseller Inventory # 01242

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN

Published by Headington, Oxford, England (1955)

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Item Description: Headington, Oxford, England, 1955. No binding. Book Condition: Fine. Autograph Letter Signed, to Naomi Mitchison. Headington, Oxford, England, December 8, 1955. 4 pp on 2 leaves of wove paper with Pirie's/ Crown Bond watermark. 5. Autograph Letter Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 23221

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TOLKIEN, J. R. R.

Published by London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954Ė5 (1954)

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Item Description: London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954Ė5, 1954. 3 volumes, octavo (225 x 145mm). Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full red morocco, titles and decoration to spines gilt, "Eye of Sauron" to front boards gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in a matching leather entry slip case. Each volume has a map illustrated by the Author. First editions, first impressions. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable and perceptive reviews from C. S. Lewis and from W. H. Auden, who had attended Tolkien's Oxford lectures, were countered by others who were hostile, sometimes bitterly so. But the trilogy went on to astonishing sales and forged a major change in public literary taste. "Heroic fantasy" has since become one of the most commercially successful literary genres, having a transforming impact upon the entertainment industry, from electronic games to movies. Bookseller Inventory # 98255

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TOLKIEN, J.R.R

Published by London George Allen and Unwin 1971 (1971)

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From: James Pepper Rare Books, Inc., ABAA (Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: London George Allen and Unwin 1971, 1971. Ninth printing of the one volume paperback edition. Signed by the author J.R.R. Tolkien on the title page in blue ink. This copy was signed and given to Fred Archer, one of the movers, who moved Mr. Tolkien from Bournemouth to Merton Street in March 1972, an incident recorded in Humphrey CarpenterÕs biography of Tolkien. A near fine bright copy with a hint of use in printed wrappers. The basis of the film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, and Christopher Lee. Peter Jackson won three Oscars in 2003 for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay for the third and final film ÔThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingÕ. Enclosed in a custom handsome dark green leather and cloth clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 20399E

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TOLkIEN, J.R.R.

Published by GEO. ALLEN & UNWIN, LONDON (1954)

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Item Description: GEO. ALLEN & UNWIN, LONDON, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. 1st Editions. Expert restoration to DJs by professional conservator. None. Bookseller Inventory # 10812

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. FIRST Edition, FIRST Impression, published by George Allen and Unwin in 1937. This First Edition, First Printing of only 1,500 copies is bound in the ORIGINAL green cloth from the publisher. This sophisticated dustjacket is rich in color with NO chips or tears. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is a First Edition, second impression with "second impression" printed on the front flap. This early dustjacket has the same art design as the First Impression and was also published the same year, 1937. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with light wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean with minor foxing to the edges. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Tolkien First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12420239927

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (1954)

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Item Description: Allen & Unwin, London, 1954. Original Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. George Allen & Unwin, published in 1954, 1954, and 1955, the 1st UK Edition, all are First impressions. The Fellowship of the Ring, one of 1500 copies printed on July 29th, 1954, a First Impression. The Two Towers is a First impression, one of 2250 copies published November 11th, 1954. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955. This copy is the 1st State, as per Hammon & Anderson, with the signature mark '4' and having the slipped type on page 49. Correspondence with Wayne Hammond has indicated he has revised his original definition of the 1st state, from what was described in the Tolkien Bibliography, making this the later state. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, no tears or extra folds. All three books are in their original dustjackets, showing a modest amount of soiling along with a bit of tanning to the spines and a slight bit of fading to the red lettering on the spines. A small amount of chips or loss to the fold and spine tips of The Two Towers and The Return of the King the only faults noted. The dustjacket of The Fellowship is price clipped, the other two are not. The Fellowship has had some conservation and restoration to repair and strenghten the folds of the dustjacket, which were starting to split. No major infill, mainly just to strengthen the flap and spine fold areas, and to stop any further splitting. The other two dustjackets are untouched, with minor rubbing and a small bit of loss to a few area's, mostly around the folds. The Fellowship has a previous owners name to the front free endpaper, no other markings or writing, to any of the books. The front endpapers show a light amount of offsetting on all three books. The text blocks are all clean, bright and tight, without any internal foxing or markings. The gilt is slightly dulled but untarnished on the Two Towers, while the Fellowship and Return are clean and bright. The boards are very clean and unmarked, with very light shelf wear on the bottom edge, A couple of lightly bumped corners and a minor scuff to the boards of the Fellowship, the only minor faults. A fantastic set of First Editions of this classic of fantasy literature, with a custom full leather slipcase, to protect and house these 'precious' books. Any questions, please feel free to ask. 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. Very Good Plus / Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 1586

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TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

Published by George Allen & Unwin 1954-55, London (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin 1954-55, London, 1954. First Edition. Three octavo volumes; original red cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spines; red topstains; original dustjackets; maps bound into each volume following text. First Impression of each volume; Third State of text in Return of the King, with signature mark and slipped text on p.49. The three volumes nicely preserved, straight and tight with just mild rubbing to board edges, in original unclipped dustwrappers. Fellowship with faint foxing to endpapers and fading to top-stain near spine, jacket unclipped and just slightly faded on spine panel; The Two Towers exhibiting slight mottling to boards, uneven fading to top-stain, jacket with two brief paper-tape reinforcements to verso, darkened and spotted on spine panel with red lettering somewhat faded (but still perfectly legible); Return of the King quite Near Fine, with top-stain bright and unrubbed, in clean, very slightly faded first issue jacket. Together, a quite presentable and unrestored set of Tolkien's much-loved and highly sought-after trilogy. Bookseller Inventory # 17080

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

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Item Description: In three volumes comprising: The Fellowship of The Ring; The Two Towers; & The Return of The King. George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London, 1954-5. Full crimson levant morocco by Bayntun-Riviere with double gilt fillet to boards and spines in gilt compartments each with a central ring motif, raised banding embellished with gilt split-rule and titles stamped direct; aeg; 8vo. Housed in matching crimson cloth slipcase. First Editions.A First Edition set in mint condition of this legendary work. Bookseller Inventory # CB9760-3

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Tolkien, J R R

Published by London: Allen and Unwin, 1954-1955 (1955)

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Item Description: London: Allen and Unwin, 1954-1955, 1955. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. First printings. Fellowship of the Ring is near fine in a very good dust jacket with some sunning to the spine, shallow 1/8 - 1/4 inch chipping at the head and tail of spine, light wear at the tips, an approx. 1 inch and 3 inch split along the spine fold and a small brownish mark to the front panel. Two Towers has some bumping to the head of the spine and is otherwise near fine in a very good plus dust jacket with some sunning to the spine, head and tail of the spine rubbed, and a 1/4 inch chip on the rear panel at the spine fold. Return of the King is near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some sunning to the spine and some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine -- no chipping. All maps present and fine. All dust jackets in protective covers. Bookseller Inventory # 9365

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Author (illustrator). First Edition, 2nd. Very good book and original dust jacket. No marks to covers, no lean, lovely book, Dust jacket has 2 inch paper loss to spine head, small loss to spine heel, but other very good. Jacket covers bright, with minor scuffing in places. Please ask for photos. Tolkien specialist. See all our Hobbits listed. Bookseller Inventory # 001939

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