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The Hobbit, First Ten Impressions, 1937 to 1958

J.R.R. Tolkien
(Machynlleth, POW, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Author (illustrator). First Edition. The first 10 Hobbit books all with matching original unrestored dust jackets. Varying degree of wear and tear to jackets, some with seam tears and paper loss, but all very good overall considering their ages. Books have no serious damage or flaws, slight lean, grubbiness to covers and owners names to some. 1st and 2nd edition have some paper loss to jackets (less than 10%) making them more affordable. You could spend the same amount on just one fine first edition. Please ask for a complete catalogue of description, condition and photos. You may also visit our shop to inspect them in person. It took more than two years to collect these and it doubtful you will see another collection of these in such nice condition for this low a price. If you are a collector, don't take chances; save time and money buying the at once from a professional dealer. Bookseller Inventory # 001941

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The Lord of the Rings [The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King]

Tolkien, J. R. R.
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Book Description: George Allen & Unwin, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., London, 1954. Hardcover. Three volumes. Each volume is a first edition, first issue. All three volumes are fine and bright. All in original dustwrappers. Simply the finest set for sale in the world. Housed in a quarter-morocco folding case. Probably the most beloved fantasy, and easily one of the most important novels of the 20th Century. Recently discovered by a new generation, in part due to the award-winning film trilogy by Peter Jackson. Mixed issue sets, made-up sets employing wildly divergent-condition of the individual volumes, and rebound sets abound, but first issue sets in uniformly fine condition remain scarce and desirable. Bookseller Inventory # 108109

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The Hobbit

Tolkien, J. R. R.
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Book 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 lovely copy seldom seen in this nice condition. We buy Tolkien First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-9020408529

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Book 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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Book 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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The Hobbit

Tolkien, J. R. R.
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Book Description: George Allen & Unwin, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Near fine first edition in a very good First Issue dustjacket with the hand correction in ink, of the 'e' in the misspelt 'Dodgeson', on the rear flap. First Published in 1937 on the copyright page. Housed in a custom-made collector's clamshell case with leather spine, handmade paper, and gilt decoration and lettering. Bookseller Inventory # 108080

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS] THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING [with] THE TWO TOWERS [with] THE RETURN OF THE KING.

Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel].
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Book 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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Book Description: George Allen & Unwin, 1954. First Edition. "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all And in the darkness bind them"THE LORD OF THE RINGS comprising THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS & THE RETURN OF THE KING, Allen & Unwin, 1954, 1954 & 1955 respectively, each in first edition, (first printing), lower front fore edge corner tip of volume one gently bumped, some off-setting to the front end-paper of the same volume, else brilliant fine copies VOID of previous owners markings, bookplates & remainder marks with each in vg+ or better dust wrapper with just a bit of tanning to the dust-wrapper spines and with the dust-wrappers of volumes 1 & 3 each having one closed tear with neither book nor dust-wrapper having any repairs nor mends of any kind. The prices on the dust-wrapper flaps are all present and unclipped. The set you have been waiting for !!! INTERNATIONAL FANTASY AWARD winner and an enduring classic of literature. The quintessential fantasy quest saga from which all others are derived !!! A set of books which in fine condition, first printing & first edition has increased its value 100 fold in the last quarter century. Bookseller Inventory # 09126

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS being The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King

TOLKIEN, J.R.R.
(Henley on Thames, OXO, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: London Allen & Unwin /55, 1954. Three volumes, all first editions. Each volume in original red cloth with gilt titles on the spine. Original printed dustwrappers present for all three volumes. All fine, bright copies in very good dustwrappers, each with some tanning to the spine and light wear to their ends. The first volume with a light stain to the upper panel. An attractive set of this fantasy classic which is now one of the most sought after first editions of the twentieth century. The pictorial dustwrappers have the distinctive "eye" design by the author. Fold out maps to the rear of each volume, printed in red and black, drawn by Christopher Tolkien. Dorothy L. Sayers, one of the foremost crime writers of the twentieth century and creator of Lord Peter Wimsey, has always had strong links to Oxford. She read Modern Languages at Sommerville College, and worked in Oxford both as an academic and for Blackwell's the publishers. Although not technically an Inkling, she is often regarded as a fringe member of that group of literary academics due mainly to her friendship with C.S.Lewis and Charles Williams. She contributed to their discussions and gave and received publications. This set is probably one such offering. Bookseller Inventory # 31221

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Songs For The Philologists

Tolkien, J. R. R.; E. V. Gordon & Others
(Mt. Pleasant, SC, U.S.A.)
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Book 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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The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again

J. R. R. Tolkien
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Book Description: George Allen & Unwin, London, 1937. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. A true first edition, impression, with original dust-jacket. pp. 310 + adverts, illustrations by Tolkien with black and red map. bound in light green cloth over boards. Stamped on upper cover in dark blue '[ decoration by Tolkien, mountains, moon and sun, wraps around covers and spine] Dust jacket, wove paper, wraparound illustration by Tolkien in black, green and blue. Original dust-jacket with small areas of loss to the top of the spine and closed tear to the rear of the jacket. Back flap with misspelled 'Dodgeson' crossed out with black ink. Very few copies have survived. This copy without restoration in this original state with bright and overall clean dust-jacket. W.H. Auden review of the "The Hobbit "one of the best children's stories of this century". C.S. Lewis -"The truth is that in this book a number of good things, never before united, have come together: a fund of humour, an understanding of children, and a happy fusion of the scholar's with the poet's grasp of mythology. The professor has the air of inventing nothing. He has studied trolls and dragons at first hand and describes them with that fidelity that is worth oceans of glib "originality." Scarce with very few copies in their original dust-jackets intact.New Lower price lowest 1st edition on the net. Bookseller Inventory # 070461

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Book Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 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. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001962

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Book 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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Book Description: Allen & Unwin, London, 1963. Original Cloth. 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. 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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Book 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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Book 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. 55?16 x 7⅛ in. (13 1/2 x 18 cm). The first page is embossed "76 Sandfield Road/ Headington/ Oxford." With original autograph addressed envelope. In a letter peppered with references to Middle Earth and its inhabitants, an exhausted Tolkien takes his first lengthy holiday in four years-in Italy. He returns and writes to Naomi Mitchison, a fellow novelist and his proofreader, for failing to provide feedback for her novel, To the Chapel Perilous. Tolkien discusses the demands on his time, ranging from his teaching load, thesis advising, and publishing, to reading critical reviews. Tolkien's dissatisfaction with radio adaptations of Lord of the Rings occupies a prominent place: I think poorly of the broadcast adaptations. Except for a few details I think they are not well done. I thought that the dwarf (Gloin not Gimli, but I suppose Gimli will talk like his father.) was not too bad if a bit exaggerated. I do think of the "Dwarves" like Jews: at once native and alien in their habitations, speaking the language of the country, but with an accent due to their own private tongue. The balance of the letter discusses literary critics, reviews of Mitchison's book, and anachronisms in her latest offering as contrasted to Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. TranscriptYou really are most kind and generous. Thank you so much for your last letter. I feel that I should have written long ago, especially since I failed to make any kind of return in the matter of "To the Chapel Perilous." But perhaps you will understand I felt exhausted, since in addition to the "Lord of the Rings" I had only just concluded a two-year term of administrative office in college on top of professing, and the advance copy came just as I was about to go off for the first holiday since 1951 of more than two or three days. Reading it - I went to Italy - was easy * and delightful; but I seemed too dried up to say anything. And when I came back the shadow of one of those things one idiotically lets oneself in for when they are distant fell on me. [Written at bottom and continuing up left margin]: *I mean for the will; my mind found it difficult. You move in the complicated world with an ease that helps me to understand why people find my much simpler and more simple-minded world bewildering. I cling to Lienaro whom I liked and found intelligible. I had to deliver the opening lecture of the newly-founded O'Donnell Lectures in Celtic Studies-already overdue: and I composed it with 'all the woe in the world,', as the Gawain-poet says of the wretched fox with the hounds on his tail. All the more woe, since I am the merest amateur in such matters, and Celtic scholars are critical and litigious; and more so since I was smitten with laryngitis. I think poorly of the broadcast [radio] adaptations. Except for a few details I think they are not well done, even granted the script and the legitimacy of the enterprise (which I do not grant). But they took some trouble with the names. I thought that the dwarf (Gloin not Gimli, but I suppose Gimli will talk like his father - apparently someone's idea of a German) was not too bad if a bit exaggerated. I do think of the "Dwarves" like Jews: at once native and alien in their habitations, speaking the language of the country, but with an accent due to their own private tongue. I have, of course, a good many letters: most of them intelligent and critical, and largely inspired by annoyance with the critics. Edwin Muir produced quite a batch, from people who seemed to think I should be upset at his tone. But I got as much good from him, I suppose, as was possible - unless he was prepared to read the book with attention. He showed by his remarks on Lrien that had not. But I do not feel disposed to blame . (See website for full description). Autograph Letter Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 23221

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Book Description: Allen and Unwin, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Illustrated with Four Maps ( Three Folding.). (illustrator). 1st Edition. 9 X 6 Inches. SIGNED BY J.R.R.TOLKIEN on the Front Blank Free Endpaper of the First Volume. Illustrated with Four Maps ( Three Folding.). Beautifully Bound By Bayntun Riviere, Bath, U.K. In Full Red Leather with Raised Bands, Gilt Ruling to covers and Edges, Gilt Decoration to Spines, and All Edges Gilt. Housed in Specially Made Slipcase. A Beautiful and Very Clean Set. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 001478

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Book Description: London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954–5, 1954. 3 volumes, octavo. 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. A fine set. 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 # 72787

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Book 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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The Hobbit

Tolkien, J.R.R.
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Book 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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Book 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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The Lord of the Rings (3 volumes)

Tolkien, J R R
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Book 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 plus 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, 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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Book Description: Allen & Unwin, London, 1954. Original Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. George Allen & Unwin, published in 1954, 1954, and 1955, the 1st UK Edition, 1st impressions. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published July 29th, 1954. One of 1500 printed for the UK. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954. One of 2250 printed for the UK. 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 the correct original dustjackets, with the Return of the King being the 1st State, lacking the blurbs to the rear flap. The Fellowship has a previous owners name to the front endpaper. No other markings or writing noted an the other books. The front and rear endpapers show a light amount of offsetting and some foxing to the edges and endpapers of the Two Towers, but none to the interior of any of the books. The dustjackets are not price clipped, and they have minor rubbing and splits or loss to a few area's, mostly around the flap folds and spine fold areas. The text blocks are all clean, bright and tight, without any internal foxing or markings. A beautiful, collectable set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st UK Edition, 1st impression with the date 1954 to the title page, and no other printings listed, indicating a true 1st Edition 1st Impression. The book is in Very Good Plus condition, no spine lean or other faults noted. Small previous owner's name to the front endpaper. The gilt is bright and untarnished on the spine. The boards are very clean and bright, with virtually no shelf wear on the bottom edge, A couple of lightly bumped corners the only faults. The dustjacket is unclipped and shows beautifully, with very little tanning, or light fading to the red lettering of the spine and only moderate soiling. A beautiful, correct 1st impression dustjacket. The Two Tower's - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, has the date 1954 to the title page, and no other printings listed, which would indicate a true 1st imp. Book is in Very Good Plus condition. no name or other writing. with some very light offsetting on the endpapers. Shows a slight bit of foxing to the last page, opposite the map, which shows thru to the rear endpaper. The boards are very clean and bright, without any bumps to the corners, very little shelf wear on the bottom edges, and only minor wear to the spine tips. Gilt is still clean and bright. The dustjacket is not clipped, and has light fading of the red lettering on the spine, and again is only lightly soiled. Some small chips, closed tears or wear to the edges, mainly at the spine tips, and only the smallest loss to the fold area's. The original map is present, without any tears or extra folds, also has the 1st state point with the red dot off coast of Umbar. A lovely copy, in its correct and original 1st impression dustjacket. The Return of the King - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, the later state with the slipped type and signature mark '4' on page 49, as per Wayne Hammond's revised opinion. No previous owners name or any other markings, a very light bit of foxing/offsetting on the endpapers. The boards are very clean and bright, one lightly bumped corner, and no shelf wear is evident. Gilt is again clean and bright. Very Good Plus / Very Good Plus. Bookseller Inventory # 1092

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The Hobbit, 1st Edition, 2nd Impression

J.R.R. Tolkien
(Machynlleth, POW, United Kingdom)
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Book 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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Bractwo pierscienia

Tolkien, J.R.R.
Bookseller: Better World Books
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Book Description: Zysk i S-ka. Book Condition: Good. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP71420411

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Book Description: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London, 1954-1955. First Edition. With folding maps at the end of each volume. Three volumes. 8vo. Newly bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full crimson and black morocco, meridian style, with the volume and book titles hand-tooled in gold and palladium on the covers and spine, hand-marbled endleaves, gilt edges. Contained within a black cloth slipcase with a decorative crimson and black leather label. Bookseller Inventory # 3805

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Book Description: Houghton -Mifflin, 1954. First Edition. "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,One Ring to bring them all And in the darkness bind them" * * * THE LORD OF THE RINGS * * * comprising THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, Houghton-Mifflin, 1954, THE TWO TOWERS, Houghton-Mifflin, 1955 & THE RETURN OF THE KING, Houghton-Mifflin, 1956, first American editions (as well as first printings), some tanning to the base of the spine along with just a bit of wear to same on the first volume, a hint of fraying to the spine extremities of the second volume, else all 3 volumes vg+ to fine in vg+ to near fine dust-wrappers, the first volume having a small chip to the head of the dust-wrapper spine. A very nice set of this now classic work published by Houghton Mifflin but bound up from the first printing of the English sheets. The last volume is from the library of fellow writer and publisher Lloyd Eshbach with his ownership signature on the f.e.p. INTERNATIONAL FANTASY AWARD winner and an enduring classic of literature. Bookseller Inventory # 09151

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Book Description: Allen & Unwin, London, 1937. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. A magnificent 1st Edition, 1st Impression, newly rebound in dark green morocco leather, gilt stamped to with Tolkiens Dragon as from the original cloth boards, with a lovely green cloth covered clamshell case, stamped in black to match the original covers. This is the 1st (First) impression published 21st of September 1937. The original decorative map endpapers have been professionally lifted, lined, and bound in following the marbled paper endpapers. The maps are in excellent condition, with no names or markings. This is the 1st and only early UK edition published with Tolkien's famous frontispiece, 'The Hill: Hobbiton across the Water', in his original black and white line drawing. One of only 1500 copies of the original print run, which sold out within months of it's release. This copy has been elegantly rebound in full Dark Green Morocco leather, by The Temple Bindery. Features a beautiful flourished signature mounted to the front pastedown. The textblock shows no names, writing or inscriptions. Pages are clean and bright, a few insignificant smudges and some minor spots to the pages, scattered thru the book, no other markings or tears noted. All edges have been trimmed and gilded. A beautiful copy, in a fabulously finely crafted binding. 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. Near Fine / No Jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 1240

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Book Description: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, London, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. J. R. R. Tolkien (illustrator). 1st Edition. J. R. R. Tolkien fantasy trilogy, "The Fellowship of the Ring"[1954], "The Two Towers"[1954], and "The Return of the King"[1955]. All first UK editions, first impressions with signature mark '4' and having the slipped type on page 49. 8vo[ 6" x 9"], 423 pp, 352 pp, and 416 pp, respectively. With pull out maps included at the last page of text. With their scarce original dust jackets. The dust jackets are in good condition. "The Fellowship of the Ring" has the most degree of wear with rice paper repairs made to the verso of the front hinge and a closed tear at the spine; tape stain to the bottom corner of the front hinge. The jackets are sunned with light spotting to the spines. Minor wear and discoloration to the perimeter edges with some loss at the edges of the spine. All jackets retain their original price of 21 s net at the bottom corner of the front flap. The books are in very good condition. The boards and spine retain their rich red color. "The Fellowship of the Ring" has three small stains on the boards. Discoloration and previous owner's signature in ink on the front endpaper. The front board is cracked at the hinge. "The Two Towers" has light foxing to the endpapers, paste-downs and on the top fore-edge of the textblock. A small stain is present on the top edge of the textblock. The binding is cracked at page 49. "The Return of the King" has some minor foxing to the gutters at the paste-downs and endpapers. The front board is cocked. Small stains on the fore-edge of the textblock. All textblocks are largely clean and bright. All of the maps are in impeccable shape. An exemplary set of Tolkien's fantastic trilogy. Please view the many other rare titles available for purchase at our store. We are always interested in purchasing individual or collections of fine books. Inventory #(E1-35). Bookseller Inventory # 001285

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The Hobbit

Tolkein, J R R
Bookseller: Bookcase
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Book Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Cloth Boards. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition, First Impression. 8vo. The true first edition, first impression of this scarce and collectable copy. 310 PP with requisite advertisement to rear, this copy comes without a DJ. But, it bears absolutely no marks, ink inscriptions, ex-libris plates or previous owner marks whatsoever. PP are exceptionally clean and tidy, no biopredation or spotting/foxing and free from tanning. Spine does bear some moderate damage, with the detachment of the lower portion of the cloth from the foot of the spine (4") revealing card beneath and edge of rear spine. But we believe this to be easily remedied in restoration. Slightly cocked, gutters are tight and clean and free from peeling or cracking, inner gutters slightly exposed but no detachment or cracking. Very light presumed thumb mark to foredge of pre-title, otherwise PP are truly clean and clear. Half inch scuff to front of CE, with some very light brown markings to the front of the boards, else a sound copy. Bookseller Inventory # 49124

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