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

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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 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 7?" - 9?" 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)

Used Hardcover First Edition

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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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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.

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

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From: Lorne Bair Rare Books, ABAA (Winchester, VA, U.S.A.)

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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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From: Ron Griswold Books North (Pittsfield, MA, U.S.A.)

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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 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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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, JRR

Published by George Allen & Unwin, London

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From: Henry Pordes Books Ltd (London, GL, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, London. Full Red Leather, Gilt. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Three volume set. 1954, 1954, 1955. Complete with maps. Finely hand-bound in modern full red leather, spine with gilt compartments & raised bands, all edges gilt. Fine set Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 029969

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

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

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London, 1954. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. First Edition. George Allen & Unwin, Ltd.: London. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: The Fellowship of the Rings, 1954; The Two Towers, 1954; and The Return of the King, 1955. All three volumes rebound in a magnificent full red Morocco (goatskin leather) binding, with lettering on spine in gilt, five raised bands on spine, all edges trimmed and gilded, inside dentelles in gilt, marbled endpapers, original cloth spine of books laid down at rear. Fold-out map at rear as issued. Fine (these finely bound copies without dust jacket). Details: Volume 1: All but invisible tiny scuff on spine, a few spots of very minor light foxing otherwise; Volume 2: A few spots of foxing otherwise fine; Volume 3: Hammon's revised variant three, with faulty type and signature mark "4" present on page number 49. Also with Hammon's variant two, with closed gap "Men" on page number 281. (Hammon notes that all variants and priorities assigned to them are of manufacture only. They would have been published simutaneously.) The three volume set is housed in a handsome red cloth slipcase. Book. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-10075515521

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1954-1955., Boston: (1954)

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Item Description: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1954-1955., Boston:, 1954. Book Condition: Near Fine. The first American edition of each of the three volumes. "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them." One of the best-selling novels of all time. These first U.S. printings are actually scarcer than the UK, in that they were produced in smaller numbers (they were printed in the UK). For Fellowship, there were 3,000 copies for the UK vs. 1,500 for the US; Two Towers, 3,250 UK vs. 1,000 U.S.; and for Return, 7,000 UK vs. 5,000 US. The first volume is near fine in a lightly aged dust jacket with the spine tanned a bit and minor chipping to the corners and spine ends. The second volume is near fine in a dust jacket with the barest wear. And the third volume is fine in a bright dust jacket with minor wear on corners and spine ends. We've recently been told that the first-printing jacket on Two Towers has a minute "nick" on the right side of the 'r' in 'Towers,' about one-quarter inch above the foot of the letter, and that no later printings have the nick. We understand that the sample size for this observation was three. At present we know of three copies of the first printing without the nick. So we assume that some of the first printing jackets have the nick and others do not. And that the nick was caused by damage to the plate during printing. Our reasoning is that earlier copies of the jacket would most likely be the ones without the nick (as the printer would have examined a proof of the jacket and made a correction if it was damaged). The damage to the plate would most likely have been discovered by the second printing, and a correction would have been made. So it is our contention that all three volumes in this set are in their correct first-printing dust jackets. Bookseller Inventory # 52248

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TOLKIEN, John Ronald Reuel

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

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Item Description: London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954, 1954, 1955., 1954. FIRST EDITIONS, First impressions, First Issue with signature '4' and dropped text present to p.49 of The Return. 3 volumes. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to spines, red tint to top edges, in original dustwrappers. A used set, showing some general handling, spine leaning etc. Jackets are rubbed, with some chips and tears, and show some soiling to the spine panels. Reverse side of Return jacket with some gummed brown paper, some cloth covers discoloured. An inexpensive set of the trilogy. Hammond & Anderson [A5], listed in Time Magazine; 100 Best Modern Novels. Book Collector No.274, p58-9. Bookseller Inventory # 39498

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by Houghton Mifflin (1954)

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Item Description: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. A complete set of the first US editions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Each volume has the correct first printing points, including the all important year on the title page. Very good in very good dust jackets. Much smaller printings than the first UK editions. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1401111

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Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald] R[uel]

Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston (1954)

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From: Swan's Fine Books, IOBA (Walnut Creek, CA, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Volume I, The Fellowship of the Ring, published in 1954, Volume II, The Two Towers, published in 1955, and Volume III, The Return of the King, published in 1956. ** First U.S. Editions, all three volumes FIRST PRINTINGS - only 1,000 copies of The Two Towers were in the initial U.S. printing, so to find a set comprised entirely of first printings is rare. HOUSED IN A CUSTOM BOX. While The Lord of the Rings was made into a highly successful film series starting with The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, the books were widely read in the 60s and 70s and imbued a generation with love of Hobbits and the tale of the Great Ring. *** DESCRIPTION: Volumes bound in light blue cloth, gilt lettering on the front and spine, cream endpapers, each volume has a map tipped into the back of the book, Volumes I and II have identical maps of Middle-Earth, Volume III has a close-up showing Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor. Unclipped dust jackets have decorative vignette on a colored background surrounding title within a white circle, back of each jacket varies (Volume I gives a bio of J.R.R. Tolkien, Volume II a New York Times book review of The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume III has review quotes for the Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers). Pagination: Volume I, 423 pages; Volume II, 352 pages, and Volume III 416 pages. *** CONDITION: Overall all three volumes are in very good condition, although they have clearly been read more than once, hinges in Volumes II and III are solid, hinges in Volume I are starting, there is some bumping to head and tails of the spines, the corners are generally very good although the bottom corners of Volume I are starting to wear through, Volumes I and III have prior owner small address labels on front free endpapers, and all volumes have some toning to the first few pages and to the text block edges. Dust jackets are not price-clipped, although there is no price printed on Volume I (correct per Hammond), all three are overall very good with some edgewear and old, minor staining to the inside of the jackets near the spine. Maps are all in near fine condition with no tears and only one unintended crease. *** CITATIONS: Hammond A5.b.i., ii., iii; as amended in "The Tolkien Collector" No. 23, July 2000, wherein he corrected the bibliographic details for the copyright page of The Two Towers for the U.S. edition. ***POSTAGE: Any additional postage will be covered by seller for this set. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help. Bookseller Inventory # 14012501

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., London

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., London. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. 1954-1955, three volumes bound in beautiful full dark maroon goat, gilt decoration on the front cover, the Misty Mountains along the top edge and a dragon at the bottom. Gilt titles on the spine, all edges gilt. Binding signed "Asprey & Co, LTD" . Marbled endsheets. All three volumes in excellent condition, clean and bright, all maps intact in very clean condition. Fellowship of the Ring and Two Towers stated first editions, first published 1954, Return of the King with the dropped type on page 49. This set is attractive, elegant yet simple in design. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 37914

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954. Full Morocco. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 8vo. Three volumes complete - 'The Fellowship of the Ring', 1954, 423pp, [1]; 'The Two Towers', 1954, 352pp and 'The Return of the King', 1955, 416pp. Rebound in full morocco, raised bands, spines in six panels, morocco title label to second panel, author label to fourth, date to foot in gilt, covers bordered with single gilt fillet, upper covers with central ring and eye device in gilt, a.e.g., new endpapers. Externally very good indeed. Internally bright and clean, except for a small patch of colour bleed from the original cloth onto the bottom margin of the final page of the 'Return of the King', with an associated small hole to bottom margin. Each volume with a folding map tipped on to rear endpaper. With a tipped in, slightly smudged, signature of Tolkien's to front pastedown of volume one. First edition set, but later state, Hammond and Anderson initially had this as the first state (page 86), but apparently have revised this opinion since. Now housed in a cloth slipcase, made by Temple Bookbinders. Hammond and Anderson A5. With Authors Signature Tipped in. Bookseller Inventory # 000317

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TOLKIEN, J.R.R

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From: Shellhouse Books (United Kingdom, LON, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, 0. 1st edition of each volume. Hardcover. Superbly bound in full red goatskin, handsewn end bands, marbled endpapers, black spine label with gilt lettering for title, author and publication date, five raised bands with gilt rules, red topstains. Apart from a small patch of marginal foxing on four leaves in vol 3, and three or four tiny spots on the front block, all the pages throughout the books are in excellent, clean condition. Volume 3 has no signature mark '4' and no misaligned text on page 49 - indicative of the first printing. Folding maps tipped in to the end of each title. This is a lovely set of true first impressions of one of the central titles in 20th-century literature. Bookseller Inventory # PSHB6233

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954. Full Morocco. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 8vo. Three volumes complete - 'The Fellowship of the Ring', 1954, 423pp, [1]; 'The Two Towers', 1954, 352pp and 'The Return of the King', 1955, 416pp. Rebound in full morocco by Temple Bookbinders, raised bands, spines in six panels, title in gilt to second, author to fourth, Tolkien device to sixth, covers bordered with single gilt fillet, upper covers with central ring and eye device in gilt, a.e.g., new endpapers. Externally very good indeed. Internally bright and clean. Each volume with a folding map tipped on to rear endpaper. First edition set, but later state, Hammond and Anderson initially had this as the first state (page 86), but apparently have revised this opinion since. Now housed in a cloth slipcase, made by Temple Bookbinders. Hammond and Anderson A5. Bookseller Inventory # 000469

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (1954)

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

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Item Description: Allen & Unwin, London, 1954. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). First Edition. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Printings, custom fine binding set. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen and Unwin, 1954/54/55 1st UK Edition, all 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 Hammond & 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 or 2nd State. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, no tears or extra folds. An extraordinary set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is newly rebound in Black Morocco Leather, all edges trimmed and gilded, with Gilt stamped design of Tolkiens original line drawing "The Gates of Moria", split between the spines of the three volumes. The set is further characterized by custom Marbled endpapers by Joan Ajala of Australia, silk ribbon markers, and is housed in a custom clamshell (drop spine) case in matching Black Leather. The front boards of the case and books feature Tengwar (Tolkien's Elvish writing) titles and author, as well as Tolkien's own Ring and Eye design from the original dustjackets. The rear of the case is gilt stamped with the Tengwar Rune Poem, from the original text. The rear of the books are gilt stamped with the JRRT monogram. The front boards of the books have the individual book Titles and author in Tengwar as well as the Ring and Eye design gilt stamped. A true Tolkien Collector's dream set. This is a fabulous design, executed by one of America's premier binders. All are very clean and bright, with a couple of small smudges on occasional page margins, a small amount of foxing on the first couple of pages of the Fellowship, the other two are not foxed, and none have any writing or signatures. No expense spared in creating this finely bound, and highly collectable set of classics. A beautiful set, which incorporates all the artwork as designed by Tolkien himself. 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 # 663

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

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

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine condition. 1st. Bound in publisher's original dark red cloth over boards. Spine stamped in gilt. Original wove endpapers. No headbands as issued. All edges trimmed. Top edge stained dark red. Dust jacket grey wove paper printed in black, red and gold. 21s price front flap lower right as called for. Fold out map in rear. Only the mildest of sun fading to the spine and even less to the top of the front panel. One half inch closed tear to top of back panel at spine. A touch of rubbing to the top of the spine. Enclosed in a complementary red moire drop-back folding (clamshell) box. Hammond and Anderson A5ii. One of 3,250 copies printed. Bookseller Inventory # 9017188

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston (1955)

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From: Book Gallery // Mike Riley (Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1955. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. FIRST EDITION. Fine / Very Good conditon hardcover set of the first American release of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Volume One is a 2nd printing. Volumes 2 & 3 are each first printings. Slight wear to head and tail of DJ spines. Neat & Clean matched set purchased from original owner. We have been selling collectible books everyday for 21 years. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 302480

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, NY

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From: Books Maps Prints More (Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, NY. Hardcover. First Edition. This is the First American Edition of The Lord of the Rings in hardcover with dust jackets, published by Houghton Mifflin and Company in New York in 1954, '55, '56 for the three volume set, respectively. The Fellowship of the RIng, Two Towers, The Return of the Ring. EDITIONS: Volumes 1 and 3 are both First Impressions of the First Editions and Volume 2 is the Second Impression of the First Edition. The same sequence is true for the matching dust jackets ---First - Second - First Impression dust jackets for the three Volume set) . (Impressions = printings) . All the books and jackets match identification points based on Hammond/Anderson and Skull/Frisby. CONDITION: Between the six items being offered for sale (three books, three jackets) , the condition is good to near fine. The book for Volume 3 is in the best condition, but the jacket for Volume 3 has the highest occurrences of wear. BOOKS: The books have bright, medium blue cloth covers with tight bindings, a touch of thread wear at some corners. None have any marks or writing on the end paper or pages. The pages are crisp and clean. There is a little spotting to the top and bottom edges on the first volume. The blue covers and gilt are the brightest on Volume 3. JACKETS: The jackets appear to be the original jackets issued with the books - all points of identifications show continuity throughout. None of the jackets have been price clipped. There is some edge and corner wear to each, a tiny puncture, some rubbing, one has a little discoloration, another has some crease marks, one has some mending tape in the interior. Separate detail on each book and jacket is available. MAPS: Each volume has a map - all maps are present and attached and in fine condition - they also match the points of identification for each volume. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 6688

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1954)

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

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Item Description: Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1954. Full-Leather. Book Condition: As New. No Jacket. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). First Edition. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1954/55/56 1st US Edition. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published 1954. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published 1955, at only 1000 copies, the scarcest of all the original 1st edition 1 impression books. The Return of the King is a 1st impression dated 1956, 1st State with signature mark '4' and the infamous slipped type. All original maps (1st State) are present and in Near Fine condition. An extraordinary set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is fully rebound in Dark Forest Green Morocco Leather, all edges trimmed and gilded, with Gilt stamped design of Tolkiens original line drawing "The Gates of Moria", split between the spines of the three volumes. The set is further characterized by custom Marbled endpapers by Joan Ajala of Australia, silk ribbon markers, and is housed in a custom slipcase covered in marbled paper matching the endpapers of the books. This is a beautiful design, executed by one of America's premier binders. All are very clean and bright, without any foxing, and with no writing or signatures. Beautiful looking set, with a classic design. 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. As New / No Jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 1315

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Tolkien (J.R.R)

Published by Allen & Unwin -1962-1963 (1963)

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From: Island Books [formerly of Devon] (West Sussex, WSUSS, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: Allen & Unwin -1962-1963, 1963. 3 vols., 8vo., First Edition, Mixed Impressions, with all maps present; handsomely bound in full red morocco, backs gilt with raised bands, a lovely bright set. Comprises The Fellowship of the Ring (Thirteenth Impression); The Two Towers (Ninth Impression); The Return of the King (Tenth Impression). A most attractive set ideal as a gift or for presentation. Bookseller Inventory # 14508

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN

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From: Meier And Sons Rare Books (New Canaan, CT, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: 0. No Binding. Book Condition: Near Fine. MICHAEL HAGUE (illustrator). 1st Edition. MICHAEL HAGUE, (AMERICAN 1948-DATE) A STUNNING DETAILED PUBLISHED ILLUSTRATION, USED AS THE FRONTIS PIECE FROM THE PREMIUM LEATHER BOUND COLLECTOR'S EDITION, THREE BOOK SET PUBLISHED BY THE EASTON PRESS, 1984. THE ARTWORK IS OF GOLLUM, FRODO AND SAMWISE FROM THE TWO TOWERS, BOOK 2 FROM THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY. WATERCOLOR ON BOARD, 7¿X 11¿ ART IMAGE SIZE AND 9" X 13" BOARD SIZE, UNFRAMED Stunning Published Original watercolor illustration on board, used for the frontis piece for the book, by Michael Hague. The piece depicts Frodo, Samwise and Gollum in scene from The Two Towers, book 2 from The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. This is a beautifully detailed piece by one of the leading American illustrators from one of the most important pieces of fantasy literature in the 20th century.The illustration is signed lower right. The art is in overall excellent condition. Unframed. PROVENANCE: The art was purchased from an Auction House who was commissioned to sell several original illustrations by Michael Hague. A copy of the original bill of sale will be included with the piece, and will provide both provenance and authenticity for the art. This piece is SIGNED by Michael Hague lower right. The art is in great condition and would be stunning framed. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our Abe store for other original illustrative art and rare books. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000519

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