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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 and Unwin 1954-55., London (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin 1954-55., London, 1954. First editions, first printings of each title comprising the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Octavo, original red cloth, 3 volumes. The Fellowship of the Ring has some minor offsetting to the endpapers, near fine in a bright near fine dust jacket with one small closed tear. The Two Towers has some offsetting to the endpapers, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. The Return of the King has some minor offsetting to the endpapers, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional set, rare in this condition. The Lord of the Rings began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during World War II in letters to his son, "and finally, having polished it to his own satisfaction, published it as a trilogy from 1954 to 1955, a volume at a time, impatiently awaited by a growing audience It is considered] one of this century’s lasting contributions to that borderland of literature between youth and age It seems destined to become this century’s contribution to that select list of books which continue through the ages to be read by children and adults with almost equal pleasure." (Eyre, 134-35) It has went on to become the third best selling novel of all-time with 150 million copies sold. Bookseller Inventory # 4685

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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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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1954)

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

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1954)

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

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by 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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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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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (1954)

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

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TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

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

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

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

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

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by 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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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 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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TOLKIEN (J.R.R.)

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

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

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by Houghton -Mifflin (1954)

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

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (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. 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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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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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.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 darking 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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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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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1954)

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From: Temple Rare Books (Oxford, United Kingdom)

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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[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. 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 and Unwin, London (1954)

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From: Temple Rare Books (Oxford, United Kingdom)

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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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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. The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers are missing their dust wrappers. The Return of the King has its original dust wrapper, which is in very good condition. The dust wrapper is the correct first state, with no reviews to the rear panel. Correctly priced at 21s.net. 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 titles. 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 endpaper regarding the Fellowship of the Ring, and a touch of foxing to the front and rear endpaper regarding The Return of the King. Overall, a nice clean set of first edition, first impression titles. Bookseller Inventory # 000950

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (1954)

Used First Edition

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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 7¾" - 9¾" 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 Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston (1955)

Used Hardcover First Edition

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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

Used Hardcover First Edition

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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

Published by Allen & Unwin, London (1954)

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From: Simon de Belder (Wootton Bridge, IOW, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: Allen & Unwin, London, 1954. Full Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Slipcase. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. A 1st edition, 1st impression set (1954, 1954, 1955) rebound by Temple Bookbinders Oxford in full grey leather with a slipcase, each book having its own compartment. Gilt titles, author and JRRT symbol with raised bands on the spine. The Ring and Eye device (gilt) from the original dj on the front boards. New plain endpapers. The edges of the books have been left in their original state, so a few marks. Internally clean, no inscriptions or stamps. Maps present to rear of each volume.Looks stunning. Ignore Abe's postage quote - postage at cost. Will provide pictures if desired. All my books are from my own private collection. I offer a full refund for any books that do not match my description. Bookseller Inventory # 000144

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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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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen & Unwin (1955)

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From: Book Box London (London, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, 1955. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Pauline Baynes (illustrator). 1st Edition. Octavo. Fellowship Of The Ring is a 4th Impression from 1955 in the correct wrapper. The Two Towers is a 2nd Impression from 1955 in the correct wrapper. The Return Of The King is a 1st Impression, 1st state, without slipped text, or printers number '4', from 1955 in the correct 1st state wrapper, without quotes to rear flap. (2nd state wrappers have quotes underneath the titles) An extremely early set, made even better by the inclusion of the exceptionally rare 1st state Return Of The King. A superb set, all in original correct wrappers, with small splits, wear and toning. All clean and bright examples, without foxing. The books are wonderful examples, with deep red orginal cloth boards and original maps in Fine condition. All from one owner, Ann Christophers. The Fellowship Of The Ring - Near Fine book with deep red boards, in a Very Good + unclipped wrapper with the price of 21s to front and rear flaps. Mint map in the rear of the book. Wonderful red top stain. Wrapper is worn with small splits to joints and some minor loss to head of wrapper. One small puncture mark to flap joint. A better than usual example. Some light ghosting to front endpaper. One neat ownership name. The Two Towers - A very Near Fine book and a wonderful example with deep red boards, in a Near Fine unclipped wrapper with the price of 21s to front and rear flaps. Minor wear to edges of wrapper with one or two small splits. Some splitting to joint of spine and rear panel. Mint map in rear of book. A fabulous copy. Some light ghosting to front endpaper. One neat ownership name. Book has slight lean and light marking to the corner of the lower edge of the pages. The Return Of The King - A very Near Fine book and a smashing example with deep red boards, in a Near Fine unclipped 1st State wrapper with the price of 21s net to front and rear flaps. Lovely red top stain. Mint map in rear of book. A super example with some light wear to edges and joints. Small splits and some minor loss. Some light ghosting to front endpaper. A fantastic set for the Tolkien collector. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 265

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