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The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of: J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (1954)

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Item Description: Allen & Unwin, London, 1954. Original Cloth. 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 Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the Return of the King, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions, with Custom Clamshell Case. George Allen & Unwin, 1954/54/55 1st UK Edition. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published in July 1954. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published 1954. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published 1955, 1st impression, the later state with the slipped type and signature mark '4' on page 49, as per Wayne Hammond's revised opinion. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition. All three books are in their correct 1st impression dustjackets, in Near Fine condition. The Fellowship of the Ring has one small finger smudge to the front panel. The rear panel shows a pair of closed tears with minor associated wrinkle. The back flap has been folded and lightly creased at one time with associated wrinkles, no tears or loss. Only the lightest of soiling to The Two Towers who's previous owner has reinforced the edges of the dustjacket with archival tape. There is almost no rubbing and virtually no soiling to the Return of the King, no chips or loss, and positively no fading. None are price clipped, and show only the lightest of rubbing along the folds. No foxing and the most minor offsetting on the endpapers. The red cloth covered boards are clean and bright, without any tarnishing of the gilt or bumped corners. The text block is clean, bright and tight, without any internal foxing or markings. No previous owner's names or writing. The maps in The Fellowship and The Two Towers are the original, both without any tears or extra folds, also have the 1st state point with the red dot off coast of Umbar. The Return of The Kings map is also original and has no tears or extra folds. A beautiful, fresh collectable set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. Any questions, please feel free to ask. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / Near Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 1633

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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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The Lord of the Rings:] The Fellowship: TOLKIEN, J. R.

TOLKIEN, J. R. R.

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

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Item Description: London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1954-1955, 1955. 3 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, gilt-lettered spines, top edges red. With the dust jackets. Each volume housed in a custom red cloth solander box with maroon labels to spines. Contemporary Foyle's ticket to front pastedown of vol. I. Spine-ends very lightly bumped, corners faintly rubbed, top edge of Fellowship slightly splashed and that of Two Towers negligibly so. An excellent set, internally fine and the maps especially clean, in the dust jackets with ring-and-eye motifs bright and fresh, a little rubbing and a few nicks at spine-ends, and otherwise vols. I and II each with one short nick along the top edges. Folding map at the end of each volume. First editions, first impressions, the Return of the King in first state with unbroken type and no signature mark (previously identified by Hammond as the second state), in the second state dust jacket with reviews added to the rear panel. This is one of a possible 3,000 sets in first impression throughout, though in practice this is a work that was often read to pieces, with the dust jackets a particularly rare survival. 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 had a transformative impact upon the entertainment industry from electronic games to cinema. Hammond A5a. i. ii. iii. Bookseller Inventory # 106294

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The Lord of the Rings - Original: Tolkien, J.R.R.

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (1963)

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

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS set The: Tolkien, J.R.R.

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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THE LORD OF THE RINGS comprising THE: Tolkien, J. R.

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), all 3 volumes vg+ or better in vg dust-wrappers save for some light fading and wear and tear to the dust-wrapper spine extremities. 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 over the last forty years. Bookseller Inventory # 11227

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Tolkien, J R R

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

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

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J R R Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. LONDON: ALLEN & UNWIN, 1954 - THE TWO TOWERS. LONDON: ALLEN & UNWIN, 1954 - THE RETURN OF THE KING: ALLEN & UNWIN, 1955. 3 VOLUMES, 8° (222 X 144MM). All three volumes in very good+ condition. Only one name and date to volume II. Spotting to endpapers, some light tape burns to those of vol. III. All maps present. All dust wrappers in very good condition with a little loss to the spine tips. One minor chip to the head of volume 1 with a closed tear. Some light tissue repairs to the hinges of volumes 2 and 3. A very good set of the first printings. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-8040610647744939480

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TOLKIEN, J. R. R.

Published by London: George Allen and Unwin, 19545 (1954)

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Item Description: London: George Allen and Unwin, 19545, 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 Return of the King in third state with the signature mark "4" and the sagging line of type on p. 49 (previously identified by Hammond as first state). 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 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 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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The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK: Tolkien, J. R.

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (1954)

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Item Description: Allen & Unwin, London, 1954. Original Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). 1st Edition, Hobbits, Lord of the Rings. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions with Original Dustjackets, Leather Slipcase. 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 later state, 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, which is the same as this copy, but now this is considered the later state. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, no tears noted, but the Fellowship shows some misfolds. Both the Fellowship and The Two Towers have the 1st state point map with the red dot off the coast of Umbar. The books show some only the lightest bit of soiling with the boards showing clean and bright. Gilt titles, author and publisher are still bright though slightly tarnished, some light rubbing to the edges, one bumped corner to the Return of the King. A little rubbing and shelfwear to the bottom of the boards, with the spine tips a little pushed and rubbed as well. All three books are in their original dustjackets, which are not price-clipped. The dustjackets are all moderately soiled, with some tanning and fading to the red lettering on the spines. The red topstain is clean and unfaded on The Fellowship and The Return, while the Two Towers shows some fading. Previous owners name to the front free endpaper of The Fellowship and The Two Towers, no other writing in any of the books. The endpapers show a moderate amount of offsetting on the The Fellowship and Return of the King, with no offsetting to the Two Towers. No foxing noted in any of the books. The dustjackets are not price clipped, and they show some minor loss to the edges, mostly to the flap folds and spine tips. They have a number of small closed tears to the edges, the largest to the top of the spine area on the Two Towers, effecting the 'J.R.' of the authors name. No repairs or restoration to these original dustjackets, completely unsophisticated. The text blocks are all clean and bright, without any internal foxing or markings. A highly sought after set of first editions 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. Very Good Plus / Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 1583

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The: Tolkien, J. R.

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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The Lord of the Rings - Comprising: J.R.R.Tolkien

J.R.R.Tolkien

Published by George Allen & Unwin, London (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, London, 1954. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. HARDBACKS - A correct UK first edition set of The Lord of the Rings, in their original dust wrapper's, comprising of The Fellowship of the Ring - The Two Towers and Return of the King, by the author J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen and Unwin, London in 1954. THE BOOKS. Are in very good condition with clean red boards. There is a touch of fading to the base of Return of the King, and to the top two millimeters of The Fellowship. The gilt lettering to the spine is clean and free of fading. Internally, the pages are clean and fresh with no previous owner names, inscriptions or dates to any of the three books. The maps are present, and in excellent condition. The three books are in nice overall condition. THE DUST WRAPPERS.Are in near very good condition, free of any price clipping, with each title showing the correct printed price of 21s.net. There is shallow chipping to the Fellowship of the Ring and to The Two Towers, with a larger chip to the base of The Return of the King. Each wrapper shows sign of light general soiling, with the spine of each title browned. The Return of the King is the scarcer first issue, with no slipped text to page 49 and with no advertising found to the rear flap of the dust wrapper (as can be seen in one of our scans ) Each of the three volumes are the correct UK First edition, first impressions, in their original first impression, un restored dust wrappers. Please view the numerous scans we have taken of both the books and the dust wrapper's. Bookseller Inventory # 001107

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Tolkien, JRR

Published by George Allen & Unwin, London

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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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The Lord of the Rings, Includes Full: Tolkien, J.R.R.

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (1970)

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Item Description: Allen & Unwin, London, 1970. Original Cloth. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). 2nd Edition. Signed by Author. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, published by Allen & Unwin. The Revised (2nd) Edition. Vol I: The Fellowship of the Ring is a Fifth impression published in 1970. Vol II: The Two Towers is a Fifth impression published in 1970. Vol III: The Return of the King is a Fifth impression, published in 1970, and is signed, to the title page, "J.R.R. Tolkien". All three volumes are in Near Fine condition with the top edge stained red, clean and bright textblock, with no marks or writing. Original maps are in still in place, no folds or tears noted. The dj's show beautifully without any chips or loss, vol's 1 & 3 show a slight darkening to the spines. None of the dustjackets are price clipped, and it still shows the full price and publishers info. An opportunity for this significant and collectable set of books. Custom full black leather covered open ended slipcase included in the price. 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 # 1539

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The Lord of The Rings: Tolkien, J. R.

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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The Lord of the Rings, True 1st: Tolkien, J.R.R.

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1954)

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Item Description: Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1954. Original Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1954/1955/1956 1st US Editions, 1st impression/1st impression/1st impression, respectively. An exceptional and lovely set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is housed in a custom full burgundy leather clamshell case to show and protect this beautiful set. The case features the Doors of Durin stamped to the triple spined case, along with Tolkien Ring & Eye Device, title and author in Tengwar Script, all stamped in gold to the front panel, the JRRT monogram to the rear. The set is all original cloth with the correct original dustjackets. The Fellowship of the Ring is the true 1st US printing or impression, from the same print run as the UK edition, with the 1954 date to the title page. The book shows a stain at the top of the front panels spine fold area. The dustjacket of the Fellowship of the Ring has a 1" closed tear at the upper rear flap fold area, with a tiny amount of scuffing or loss to the tips of the folds. The dustjacket shows a small amount of soiling, but still presents beautifully. It has the correct issue points with the ascender clipped on the 'd' in 'Frodo' on the tenth line of the blurb on the back flap. The following 'o' is not nicked as is found on later dustjackets. The photo on the back of the dustjacket is cut straight across, not in the 'V' shape found on the 3rd & 4th impressions. Overall Very Good Plus/Near Fine condition. The Two Towers is also the true 1st impression, with the 1955 date to the title page, from the same print run as the UK 1st. The dustjacket shows the 1st printing points of the 'stripe' at the upper and lower edges of the front panel, and the 'notch' in the 'r' of Towers. The notch is only found on the 1st impression dustjacket, where the stripe defect is found on some later printings. The dustjacket has some foxing mainly along the upper portion of the front panel, and the verso. The book and dustjacket are both in Very Good Plus/Near Fine condition, no names or writing, no offsetting on the endpapers. The map is still attached to the rear pastedown, in Near Fine condition, no tears or extra folds noted. The Return of the King has some soiling and scattered foxing on the dustjacket, mainly to the rear panel. The dustjacket exhibits the correct issue point for the book, including the oversized '5' in the price with double uprights on the Return of the King, and shows no tears or loss along the edges, spine or fold areas. The books are tight and clean without inscriptions or writing. None of the books are price clipped, though the Fellowship is unpriced as issued. Besides being a truly beautiful looking set, this set is very scarce and collectable, with the 1st Two Towers being the scarcest of the original 1st Editions, both US & UK, with only 1000 printed. The original maps are present in all three volumes, no extra folds or tears noted, 1st state maps in the Fellowship and Two Towers with the red dot on the coast of the Havens of Umbar. The Return of the Kings map is the correct 1st impression, with the size being approx. 16.5 X 14 inches, with a 'Borough Mill Bond' watermark, no tears or extra fold noted. Further digital images can be supplied on request. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Very Good Plus / Very Good Plus. Bookseller Inventory # 1615

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The Lord of the Rings - The: Tolkien, J.R.R.

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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The Lord of the Rings [Comprising The: Tolkien, J R

Tolkien, J R R

Published by George Allen and Unwin (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. A set of first edition, first printings published by George Allen and Unwin in 1954-5. All are fine copies (slightest trace of spotting to the second volume) in fine red morocco leather with raised bands and gilt lettering to the spine. Comes with a custom-made slip case. No inscriptions. A superb set indeed. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14997028222

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The Lord of the Rings - Comprising: J.R.R.Tolkien

J.R.R.Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. HARDBACKS - The books are in very good or better condition. All three books are the correct first editions, first Impressions from 1954,54 and 1955 respectively. There is a small mark to the front board of the Fellowship of the Ring, but all three books present as nice clean examples. The inner text to all three books are in very nice, clean condition, with no previous owner names or inscriptions to be found in any of the three volumes. The maps are present to the rear of each book, and are in fine condition, without loss or tears. There is a little offsetting to the front and rear end paper regarding the Fellowship of the Ring, with a touch of foxing to the front and rear end paper regarding The Return of the King. The Fellowship of the Ring is missing it's dust wrapper. The Two Towers and The Return of the King have their original dust wrappers, which are the correct first edition, first impressions from 1954 and 1955 respectively. Both dust wrapper's are free of restoration, and in very good condition, correctly priced at 21s.net. Overall, a nice clean set of first edition, first impression titles. Bookseller Inventory # 000950

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The: Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald]

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

Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston (1954)

Used Hardcover First Edition

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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 Minus. 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 with some wear, 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 some light staining 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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The Lord of the Rings - The: Tolkien, J.R.R.

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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The Lord of the Rings. (Trilogy) Comprising: TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

Published by George Allen and Unwin 195419551957, London (1954)

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From: David Mason Books (ABAC) (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin 195419551957, London, 1954. Three volumes. Second impression of the first part, "The Fellowship.", second impression of the second part "Two Towers" and a first edition, first state of "The Return of the King" (with signature mark "4" present and with sagging text on page 49) with a second state dustwrapper. Ownership signature on the front free e/paper of each volume, very minor rubbing to the bottom edge but the volumes are in fact fine. The dustwrappers are all price clipped, and browned on the spine; with the dustwrappers on "The Fellowship" and "Return of the King" with chipping to the spine ends, "Two Towers" has rubbing to the spine ends; the dustwrappers are very good. Bookseller Inventory # 33705

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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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Item Description: London: George Allen & Unwin, (1955), 1955. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition(s). (Fourth, second and second impressions, respectively). 8vo., uniform gilt stamped dark red cloth in equally uniform unclipped illustrated green/red/black/grey dustwrappers, ads to rear flaps and wrappers on all volumes, one illustration in Part One (p319), family trees (380-383pp) in Appendix C (Family Trees), calendar (384p) in Appendix D (Shire Calendar), charts in Appendix E (Writing and Spelling) of Part Three, fold-out a map tipped in to rear endpapers of each volume, 11-416pp; 9-352pp; (7)-(424)pp. Fine with slight age-related browning to endpapers and extremities uniform to all three volumes in near fine dustwrappers with similar slight age-related browning to extremities. A lovely set. Note : Please contact Sellers & Newel to specify shipping options and minimize costs. Bookseller Inventory # 3024

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, NY

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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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The Lord of the Rings : The: Tolkien, J. R.

Tolkien, J. R. R.

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

Used Hardcover First Edition

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From: Stephen Foster - ABA ILAB & PBFA (LONDON, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin Ltd. 1954 / 1955, London, 1954. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 8vo. In three volumes complete. Volume 1 is a second impression dated December 1954. Volumes 2 and 3 are first editions. Original publisher's dark red cloth in original pictorial dust wrappers. Dws slightly edgeworn & marked. Dw spines slightly darkened with the red lettering faded and some chipping & wear to the spine ends. One jacket is price-clipped, the other two are not. All dws protected in clear plastic sleeves. Slight lean to one volume. Neat ink name to ffeps. All internally clean & fresh. Folding map at rear of each volume present and in fine condition. Overall a solid VG set. Bookseller Inventory # 51143

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The Lord of the Rings First Edition: Tolkein, JRR

Tolkein, JRR

Published by G Allen & Unwin Ltd (1955)

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From: Mull Books (Tobermory, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: G Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1955. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Tolkein, JRR (illustrator). 1st Edition. This is a first edition 3,2,1 impression set. It was never possible to purchase a first edition set i.e. the 1st impression of each book, in a shop together, this set would be the best you could do if purchased in 1955. Rare to find this combination because of the wide distribution. Fellowship of the Ring - fine copy of the first edition 3rd impression. Publisher's original red cloth binding with title in gold on spine and map on the back end free paper. Original unclipped dust jacket with price 21s. DJ is fine with very little wear to the edges and just some slight fading to spine, faint foxing to front and back covers. Binding fine with only very slight foxing to the front and end papers. Pages clean and bright. The Two Towers - fine copy of the first edition 2nd impression. Publisher's original red cloth binding with title in gold on spine and map on the back end free paper. Original unclipped dust jacket with price 21s. DJ is near fine with wear and fading to the spine, small tear at top, crinkling at bottom, foxing to the front and back covers. Binding fine with only discolouration and foxing to the front and end papers. Pages clean and bright. The Return of the King near fine copy of the first edition 1st impression. Publisher's original red cloth binding with title in gold on spine and map on the back end free paper. Original unclipped dust jacket with price 21s. DJ is good with wear to the spine, a small tear and tiny piece missing at top, small tear at base, slight fading to spine. Binding very good slight knock at top of spine, discolouration and slight foxing to front and back end papers. Pages clean and bright. Further details and images are available on request. book. Bookseller Inventory # 162

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The Lord of the Rings, 1st US: Tolkien, J.R.R.

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1954)

Used First Edition

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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 7¾" - 9¾" 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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