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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. 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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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 lovely copy seldom seen in this nice 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 (1954)

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Item 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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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. 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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TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

Published by London Allen & Unwin /55 (1954)

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Item 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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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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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin Ltd. (1937)

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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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J. R. R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen & Unwin, London (1937)

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Item 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. Was £ 25 k  now lowest priced original copy of the Hobbit on-line. Will be listed until Christmas @ £ 14.8. Bookseller Inventory # 070461

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (1963)

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Item 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. 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 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. 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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Item Description: Allen and Unwin, London, 1954. Full Leather. Illustrated with Four Maps ( Three Folding.). (illustrator). First Editions, First Issues. 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. Size: 9 X 6 Inches. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 001478

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TOLKIEN, J. R. R.

Published by London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954–5 (1954)

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Item 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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TOLKIEN, J. R. R.

Published by London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954–5 (1954)

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Item Description: London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954–5, 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. An excellent 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 # 91617

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TOLKIEN, J.R.R

Published by London George Allen and Unwin 1971 (1971)

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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 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

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 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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TOLKIEN, J. R. R.

Published by London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1937 (1937)

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Item Description: London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1937, 1937. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in green morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, single rule to boards, edges gilt. With an elaborate onlay to both the front and back boards. The occasional spotting to pages, an excellent copy in a fine binding. With 13 illustrations by J. R. R. Tolkien including the endpapers of maps and scenes from the book, of which 4 are in colour. Both onlays are in full colour, on the front the onlay imitates the scene of the frontispiece, Hobbiton-across-the-Water. On the back Bilbo floats on his barrel towards the huts of the Raft elves. First edition, first printing. A beautifully bound copy of this high spot of children's literature. Bookseller Inventory # 93949

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

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

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Item Description: London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-1955, 1955. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. First editions, first printings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, with the terminal fold-out maps tipped in to each volume. The Return of the King with "4" and "sagging" type to page 49, originally designated as first state by Hammond/Anderson, later corrected by Wayne Hammond and noted as a third variant [The Tolkien Collector, Issue 11]. Publisher's red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, red topstains; in the original pictorial dust jackets (Fellowship and Two Towers without blurbs to the rear flap, Return with Observer and Guardian review notices to the rear flap), with illustrations of the Eye of Sauron, the One Ring and its Elvish inscription to the front panels. About near fine, with some light wear to the extremities, a hint of dimming to the spine gilt on Two Towers, minor offsetting to the free endpapers of Fellowship and Two Towers, otherwise bright and fresh pages; unclipped dust jackets, with some light wear and a few nicks to the extremities, a few faint spots to the otherwise bright panels, light rubbing to the hinges, Fellowship with some discreet internal archival repairs to the spine ends and the heads of the flap folds and some rubbing to spine, Two Towers with a short chip to the spine tail and a hint of toning, Return with some rubbing to the spine. Overall, a tight and pleasing set of the epic trilogy. Housed in a custom clamshell box by The Heritage Bindery, with black morocco spine with five raised bands and gilt lettering over marbled boards. The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy trilogy, written as the sequel to Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit. It tells the story of the second attempt of the men, elves, and dwarves of Middle Earth to destroy the Dark Lord Sauron, the "Lord of the Rings." In The Hobbit, set almost 2,000 years after Sauron was initially vanquished, Hobbit Bilbo Baggins discovers Sauron's lost ring, which he used to control the inhabitants of Middle Earth vis-à-vis corrupt leaders whom he gave lesser rings to in order to gain power over them. In The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo leaves the ring to his nephew Frodo, who joins with a group of men, hobbits, dwarves, and elves on a quest to destroy it. In The Two Towers, Frodo and Sam continue alone on their increasingly perilous journey to destroy the ring while the remaining members of the Fellowship try to protect the realms of Middle Earth from the troops of Sauron, who continues to gain strength as Frodo brings the Ring closer. The Return of the King concludes the trilogy with the final destruction of Sauron and the reestablishment of proper order in the worlds of men and hobbits. Each volume is divided into two books and contains chapters narrated by different characters. Bookseller Inventory # JRRT001

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1937)

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From: Festival Art and Books (Machynlleth, POW, United Kingdom)

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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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TOLKIEN (J.R.R.)

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

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From: George Bayntun ABA ILAB (Bath, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London, 1954-1955. First Edition. With folding maps at the end of each volume. First edition. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 3805

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by Houghton -Mifflin (1954)

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Item 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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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (1937)

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From: The Tolkien Bookshelf (Newton, KS, U.S.A.)

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Item 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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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York (1938)

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Item Description: Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York, 1938. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Houghton Mifflin in 1938, a 1st US Edition, 1st Impression, 1st State with the Bowing Hobbit to the title page. A wonderful copy of an extremely collectable book, housed in it's very rare and newly restored original dustjacket. The maps are bound opposite to the order of the List of Illustrations, as per Hammond and Anderson. Chapter VII header is uncorrected and reads as 'Chapter VI' This book features the 4 color and 9 black and white illustrations by Tolkien, all of which are present and in extremely clean and bright condition. There are no names or writing in the book. The text block and maps are also very clean and bright, without any foxing or marks whatsoever. The text block is tight with no loose pages or any separation from the binding. The original cloth shows only the most minor shelf wear on the bottom edges of the boards and spine. A small area to the top spine fold front corner shows a little soiling, mostly dusty from the small area that was originally missing on the dustjacket. The very rare 1st Dustjacket, is original and newly professionally restored to a Near Fine condition, presents beautifully. I have provided a custom clamshell case, fully bound in Black Morocco Leather, featuring raised bands, blue leather insets with the Title, Author, Dwarves' Hat, and Publisher and date, gilt stamped to reflect the spine of the original book. The front panel of the clamshell has the Title and a larger Bowing Hobbit gilt stamped, with the back panel featuring the JRRT Monogram. A beautiful bright copy of this classic of fantasy literature. 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 / Near Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 1461

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by George Allen & Unwin, London (1937)

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From: J and M Books Limited (Liverpool, MERSE, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, London, 1937. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Thus. The book is firmly and squarely bound in clean boards, the front board is a little bowed. The text block is slightly age toned with some minor foxing and a neatly written name to the first blank page. The dust jacket is the original and not price clipped, it has some minor loss and one or two short closed tears, it is also slightly age toned, more so to the spine, but completely original with no repairs or restoration. The 2nd impression, 1st illustrated, edition of Tolkien's much loved tale. A more uncommon find than the first edition, as the print run was even smaller, this is an unusually attractive example. Bookseller Inventory # 002083

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