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JRR Tolkien

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Item Description: No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. A unique collection from the 19th & 20th Century of Letters, photographs, postcards, from the family of JRR Tolkien. A wonderful insight into the childhood, upbringing, family and influences on the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Including letters from Arthur & Mabel Tolkien, (parents) 15 unseen long letters by JRR Tolkien himself, 25 letters from other close members of the Tolkien family or associates, including John, Christopher, Michael and Priscilla Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Fr Francis Morgan, Aunt Jayne, Hilary Tolkien etc. around 55 photographs, including JRR Tolkien (signed) and Hilary Tolkien (Brother), Edith, John, Michael & Priscilla. An original Manuscript by Hilary Tolkien (now published). JRR Tolkien's Panama hat and many more interesting items in this unique, historic and significant archive. This archive is for sale as one lot and will not be split. Serious enquiries only to arrange private viewings. Bookseller Inventory # 000088

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THE HOBBIT OR THERE AND BACK AGAIN: Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald]

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

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

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin Ltd [1937]., London, 1937. Octavo, pp. [1-11] 12-310 [311: colophon] [312: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], original pictorial light green cloth, front, spine and rear panels stamped in black, top edge stained light green, endpaper maps. First edition, first printing. 1500 copies printed. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-339. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1805. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 732-39. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, pp. 162-63. Hammond and Anderson A3a. Bookseller ticket affixed to front paste-down at lower right corner, mild spotting to page edges, some light foxing to cloth edges around the paste-downs, pale green top stain faded, a fine copy in nearly fine to fine dust jacket with small 10 mm closed tear at the top edge of front panel mended and minute professional restoration of the upper right front corner, the upper and lower rear corners, and a tiny area at the upper edge of the rear panel. A lovely copy of one the major high spots of modern fantasy fiction. (#154558). Bookseller Inventory # 154558

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Author (illustrator). First Edition. Also available with our finer 1st/1st Hobbit for £85,000 George Allen & Unwin. Perhaps the most unique offering to Tolkien book collectors ever: the first 10 impressions of The Hobbit, all with original matching jackets. (Unused previous impression jackets were often sold on the next impression in some cases. These are all matching impression books and jackets). While all ten may all be together in a private collection, this is the first time we are aware they have been available for sale as a single lot. It took more than ten years of painstaking effort to collect them all. The first edition alone could cost as much as this whole collection in near fine condition or signed. From time to time the individual impressions come up for sale with jackets, but even later impressions are nowrare with the original unrestored jackets. None of these jackets have any restoration and remain in the charming original state. Itís not always understood by new collectors the valueis more in the jackets than the book, as the jacket are more scarce due to wear, loss and handling. Each book and jacket impression is unique; different ads on the flap, prices, impressions and text changes and corrections. The condition of each also makes this a unique collection as we beleive these are the best condition example of each of the first ten printings as the jackets have been upgraded to better quality examples over time. These were childrenís books and the jackets suffered wear and tear even when the books were new, but over the years the jackt paper has become brittle and delicate with age. Even with gentle handling they suffer furtherdamage each time with small chips falling off. Some have closed tears, tears to cover seams or detached and in section in some cases, but this isnít evident in the protective mylar. All jackets havetattering to spine ends, some paper loss, chips and scuffs to varying degree.Some are better than others as the paper was changed. The early impressions have some paper loss inparticular, but this also makes them more affordable. Many have faded/darkening to the spine colours. All are good to very good, near fine in some cases. All original jackets with no restoration. We can offer a lightly restored jacket and 1st edition book with only conservation restoration for the 1st/1st Hobbit for an upcharge of £20,000. The books are in very good condition considering they are welllove and read often. Some have slight lean and gift inscriptions, some of the middleimpressions have "ghosting" on the book spine/covers where the white of the image is burnedon the spine/book cover from the sun. All are complete, bindings tight, noserious stains, marks or damage. Thesecomprise first and second editions, but are commonly refer to the overallimpression in printing order 1st thru 10th. Up to the 3rdedition 1966 is considered scarce so there are three more books to complete the2nd editions. However we stopped at 10 is a nice round number! These ten books are: 1937 1st Edition/ 1st Impression. 19371st/2nd. 1942 1st/3rd. 1946 1st/4th.1951 2nd Edition/ 1st impression, 5th overallimpression. 1954 2nd/2nd,6th. 1955 2nd/3rd, 7th. 1956 2nd4th,8th. 1957 2nd/5th, 9th and finally 19582nd/6th, 10 overall impression. Bookseller Inventory # 01236

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Author (illustrator). First Edition. 1937 1st edition, 1st impression. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Octavo, original light green cloth with dark blue decorations, original blue, green, white, and black pictorial dust jacket. Fine book and fine original dust jacket with minor restoration to spine head and corners. Book is very clean, has small owners signature to inside cover, slight reading curve to spine, no other flaws. Jacket has minor conservation repairs mostly to spine head, jacket corners. Comes with custom made clamshell protective case. Please ask for a catalogue of additional photos. Bookseller Inventory # 01237

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The Hobbit: Tolkien, J.R.R.

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with the words "FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1937" printed on the copyright page. This copy is SIGNED by J.R.R. Tolkien on a typed letter by the author laid into the book. A wonderful copy. This First Issue dustjacket has the First Issue point with the correction of the 'e' in the 'Dodgeson' present on the rear flap. This original dustjacket is rich in color with minor repair. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A fantastic copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy SIGNED Tolkien First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16090934698

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New Lodge Stonyhurst Original Art by JRR: JRR Tolkien, Hammond,

JRR Tolkien, Hammond, Wayne G.; Scull, Christina

ISBN 10: 0618083618 ISBN 13: 9780618083619

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Item Description: 1947. No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. JRR Tolkien (illustrator). 1st Edition. Artist: JRR Tolkien Title: New Lodge at Stonyhurst Date: August 1947 A wonderful colour drawing measuring 150mm x 185mm (unframed), titled, dated and initialled, inscribed to rear, `for Mr & Mrs Bailey in memory of a beautiful holiday, August 1947, J.R.R.T. Beautifully framed and also allowing the rear inscription to be viewed. Including a copy of JRR Tolkien Artist & Illustrator where this wonderful piece of art is published. Thought to be one of the few pieces of art by JRR Tolkien to be in private ownership and not held by the Tolkien Family / Tolkien Estate. Provenance; by direct descent. On several occasions J.R.R. Tolkien stayed at New Lodge when visiting Stonyhurst College. The inscription is to the then occupiers of the Lodge. The foreground of the picture contains runner beans in full flower. Comparisons have been drawn between this scene and the view of Tom Bombadil`s house in the Fellowship of the Ring (p.139); `Frodo ran to the eastern window, and found himself looking into a kitchen-garden grey with dew ., his view was screened by a tall line of beans on poles; but above and far beyond them the grey top of the hill loomed up . and the red flowers on the beans began to glow against the wet green leaves` . see Hammond (Wayne G.) & Scull (Christina), J.R.R. Tolkien, Artist and Illustrator, 2004, p. 31-2] The JRR Tolkien Companion & Guide, Chronology p321, Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond 12-21st August 1947. Tolkien and Priscilla (daughter) stay at New Lodge Stonyhurst. In the Guest Book they sign their nationality as ¿English¿ (not British). During the visit Tolkien makes a drawing, New Lodge Stonyhurst, which he gives to the owner of the establishment. On 21st September Tolkien write to Stanley Unwin: ¿For a few days my daughter and I had there blazing sun, a rare commodity in those parts, and abundant food, less rare there than in some other places¿ (Tolkien- George Allen & Unwin archive, Harper Collins). Published in JRR Tolkien Artist & Illustrator fig 28 Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull New Lodge, Stonyhurst depicts the garden of the guest house at which Tolkien stayed in Stonyhurst, Lancashire on three occasions. Tolkien made the drawing in August 1947 and gave it to the family who owned New Lodge. The drawing is featured in J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator, fig. 28. For further details visit my website and information is at the rear of the catalogue. Signed by Author and Illustrat. Bookseller Inventory # 000087

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The Hobbit: Tolkien, J. R.

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by George Allen & Unwin (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION published in 1937. A stunning First Issue dustjacket with the correction of the 'e' in the 'Dodgeson' on the rear flap. This ORIGINAL sophisticated dustjacket is vibrant in color with NO chips or tears. The book is in excellent condition with minor wear to the spine and edges. The binding is tight, with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy in collector's condition. We buy Tolkien First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-9020408529

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The Hobbit - the true first issue: J R R

J R R Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. We are delighted to offer a first edition, first printing, first issue of J.R.R Tolkienís ĎThe Hobbití. This is the true first issue of the first edition, evidenced by the alteration (in hand) to the name ĎDodgsoní to the rear flap. Frontispiece and 9 full-page uncoloured illustrations after drawings by the author. The first edition was published on 21 September 1937 and the first impression of 1,500 copies was sold out by December. Condition: A near fine (or better) book with one small name and date to the reverse of the half title page. An exceptional copy of the book, without foxing and all contents are bright and clean within. In a very good unrestored dust wrapper with two closed tears to the edge of the front panel. Two small slivers of loss to the spine, with a small chip to the head of the spine and a minor chip to the foot of the spine. Some light loss to the corners. Exceptionally rare. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1477998732119

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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. 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 3000 printed for the UK. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954, one of 3250 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955, one of 7000 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is 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 London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1937 (1937)

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Item Description: London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1937, 1937. Octavo. Original green cloth, spine and covers blocked in black, top edge green, map endpapers printed in black and red. With the dust jacket. Housed in a custom box within an elaborate brown morocco-backed slipcase, with gilt lettering and leather onlays to the spine. Bookplate to first blank. Cloth a little faded to edges, otherwise a very good copy in a brighter than usual jacket that has some nicks to extremities, a touch of black ink at upper edge of front fold, and a little paper restoration to the top edge. Frontispiece and 9 full-page uncoloured illustrations after drawings by the author. First edition, first impression, first issue jacket with the hand-correction to "Dodgeson" on the rear inside flap. The first edition was published on 21 September 1937 and the first impression of 1,500 copies was sold out by December. Hammond & Anderson A3b. Bookseller Inventory # 93967

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Tolkien, J. R. R.

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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.

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Item Description: 1973. No binding. A collection of Six Typed Letters Signed from J.R.R. Tolkien and one Autograph Letter Signed by his wife, Edith Tolkien to Sterling E. Lanier, written between 1965 and 1973. The letters were sent to Lanier, an author, sculptor, and editor at Chilton Books, who had notably persuaded the automotive manual publishing company to publish Frank Herbert's *Dune*. The letters cover a range of subjects including figurines Lanier made of *The Lord of the Rings* characters and gifted to Tolkien; piracy issues that Tolkien was dealing with in America; the death of his wife, Edith; the writing of *The Silmarillion*; and acknowledgments of books and newsletters that Lanier had sent to him. The letters are near fine with some edgewear and folds from mailing.The correspondence began in 1965 when Lanier sent a letter to Tolkien with an accompanying package of his handcrafted figures based on characters from *The Lord of the Rings*. Lanier asked whether he could have the approval of Tolkien to market them resulting in the two exchanging letters and becoming friendly, with Tolkien fully supporting the figures: "They are in a wholly different class to many things that are often marketed without my permission." In a later letter Tolkien writes, "I recently, after my wife's death, moved back to Oxford.I have a feeling, though I hope not justified, that I have never written to you to thank you for your set of bronze figures. They survived the move and are now on display in a cabinet. I prize them, and they have been much admired." The figures appear to never have been mass produced, hitting a snag due to legal issues related to United Artists who owned the rights.In a letter from the end of 1965 Tolkien writes, "I at last received a letter direct from Ace Books, very specious and slightly glutinous, but it offered to discuss terms for royalties." Apparently, Lanier had been assisting Tolkien on confronting Ace Books, the company that had released an unauthorized edition of *The Lord of the Rings*. Lanier also sent Tolkien several science fiction newsletters, and two books, including a copy of *Dune*. The publisher Chilton had only recently acquired the novel which had been originally been serialized from 1963-1965 in *Analog Magazine*. While the book became a huge best-seller, Lanier, who championed its publication, was ironically fired due to slow initial sales. At the time of the letter Tolkien hadn't been able to read *Dune*.In the final letter written in 1973, less than a year before his death, Tolkien writes, "I am only now at last able to actually work upon *The Silmarillion* and prepare at least part of it for publication. I am afraid you have hit on one quite serious point; the legends of *The Silmarillion* are largely mythological, and mostly grim, and without any tinge of comedy." *The Silmarillion* was Tolkien's last work and informed the myths and origins of his now famous Middle Earth. The book was completed by his son Christopher, whose efforts to compile and organize the book writing was published posthumously in 1977. It won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy novel in 1978.A wonderful collection of letters from the greatest fantasy author of the 20th Century about manuscript publishing rights, the science fiction community, and the then nascent world of literary merchandising. A detailed list is available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 399812

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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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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Author (illustrator). First Edition, 1st. 1937 1st edition, 1st impression. Allen and Unwin. Very book and original, unrestored very good jacket. Book corners have rubbing to cloth corners, slightly grubbiness to spine and three small date stamps front and rear end pages, not noticeable at first glance. Looks like a child was playing with their rubber stamp as there are no other marks or indications to explain them. The dust jacket has a 3 inch paper section missing from the top edge of the rear jacket cover and a smaller section on the cover. This could be restored, but we donít recommend it. Overall, a very collectible copy and more affordable for the flaws mentioned. Comes with custom made clamshell protective case. You could spend £50,000 plus for a fine condition copy of this edition. Please ask for additional photos. Bookseller Inventory # 01235

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS] THE FELLOWSHIP: Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald]

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

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

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin Ltd 1954-1955., London, 1954. Octavo, three volumes, original red cloth, spine panels stamped in gold, top edges stained red. First editions, first impressions, second state of volume three with no signature mark present on page 49. Comprises THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (1954), THE TWO TOWERS (1954) and THE RETURN OF THE KING (1955). 3000, 3250, and 7000 copies printed respectively. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-40. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1606, 1607, and 1608. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 76. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 16. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 897-915. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, pp. 193-96. Hammond and Anderson A5.a.i-iii. Rear endpaper of FELLOWSHIP age-darkened, several spotty fade marks to top edge stain of RETURN, a fine set in very good (FELLOWSHIP) and fine (TWO and RETURN) dust jackets, the first having some patchy staining to rear panel, the second a bit of tanning to spine panel. Jackets for TWO and RETURN are price-clipped, but are the correct first impression jackets. A very presentable set of this classic. (#110143). Bookseller Inventory # 110143

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The Hobbit: Tolkien, J. R.

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by George Allen & Unwin (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. The true first edition in the first issue dust jacket, with the correct price present on the front flap and the typo and hand correction on the back flap. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1506040

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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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The Lord of the Rings, First Edition: 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. 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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The Hobbit 1937 1st Ed/1st printing with: J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen and Unwin Ltd. (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin Ltd., 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. This book is in good condition. There is some darkening to the outside boards and some wear to the top and bottom of the spine and to the corners. A few pages have some very light foxing, but most of the book is clean. There are no bookplates or markings of any kind. This book contains its original black and white frontspiece and all its original illustrations, with none missing or removed. This is a First Edition / First printing from 1937, one of only 1500 copies. This book comes with its rare original dust jacket. The dustjacket is in good condition. It is missing its original front flap (which has been replaced with a facsimile). It is slightly darkened and has some light wear along its edges. It has the ink correction of the "e" in Dodgeson on the rear panel. The book is signed by Tolkien on a mounted paper tipped in on the title page. A rare Signed copy of Tolkien's classic work. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13093240295

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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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J.R.R. TOLKIEN

Published by Headington, Oxford, England (1955)

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Item Description: Headington, Oxford, England, 1955. No binding. Book Condition: Fine. Autograph Letter Signed, to Naomi Mitchison. Headington, Oxford, England, December 8, 1955. 4 pp on 2 leaves of wove paper with Pirie's/ Crown Bond watermark. 5 5/16 x 7 1/8 in. (13 1/2 x 18 cm). The first page is embossed "76 Sandfield Road/ Headington/ Oxford." With original autograph addressed envelope. In a letter peppered with references to Middle Earth and its inhabitants, an exhausted Tolkien takes his first lengthy holiday in four years-in Italy. He returns and writes to Naomi Mitchison, a fellow novelist and his proofreader, for failing to provide feedback for her novel, To the Chapel Perilous. Tolkien discusses the demands on his time, ranging from his teaching load, thesis advising, and publishing, to reading critical reviews. Tolkien's dissatisfaction with radio adaptations of Lord of the Rings occupies a prominent place: I think poorly of the broadcast adaptations. Except for a few details I think they are not well done. I thought that the dwarf (Gloin not Gimli, but I suppose Gimli will talk like his father.) was not too bad if a bit exaggerated. I do think of the "Dwarves" like Jews: at once native and alien in their habitations, speaking the language of the country, but with an accent due to their own private tongue. The balance of the letter discusses literary critics, reviews of Mitchison's book, and anachronisms in her latest offering as contrasted to Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. TranscriptYou really are most kind and generous. Thank you so much for your last letter. I feel that I should have written long ago, especially since I failed to make any kind of return in the matter of "To the Chapel Perilous." But perhaps you will understand I felt exhausted, since in addition to the "Lord of the Rings" I had only just concluded a two-year term of administrative office in college on top of professing, and the advance copy came just as I was about to go off for the first holiday since 1951 of more than two or three days. Reading it - I went to Italy - was easy * and delightful; but I seemed too dried up to say anything. And when I came back the shadow of one of those things one idiotically lets oneself in for when they are distant fell on me. [Written at bottom and continuing up left margin]: *I mean for the will; my mind found it difficult. You move in the complicated world with an ease that helps me to understand why people find my much simpler and more simple-minded world bewildering. I cling to Lienaro whom I liked and found intelligible. I had to deliver the opening lecture of the newly-founded O'Donnell Lectures in Celtic Studies-already overdue: and I composed it with 'all the woe in the world,', as the Gawain-poet says of the wretched fox with the hounds on his tail. All the more woe, since I am the merest amateur in such matters, and Celtic scholars are critical and litigious; and more so since I was smitten with laryngitis. I think poorly of the broadcast [radio] adaptations. Except for a few details I think they are not well done, even granted the script and the legitimacy of the enterprise (which I do not grant). But they took some trouble with the names. I thought that the dwarf (Gloin not Gimli, but I suppose Gimli will talk like his father - apparently someone's idea of a German) was not too bad if a bit exaggerated. I do think of the "Dwarves" like Jews: at once native and alien in their habitations, speaking the language of the country, but with an accent due to their own private tongue. I have, of course, a good many letters: most of them intelligent and critical, and largely inspired by annoyance with the critics. Edwin Muir produced quite a batch, from people who seemed to think I should be upset at his tone. But I got as much good from him, I suppose, as was possible - unless he was prepared to read the book with attention. He showed by his remarks on Lórien that had not. But I do not feel disposed to blame him, as I. (See website for full description). Autograph Letter Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 23221

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by George Allen & Unwin, London (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin, London, 1954. Hard Back. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Excellent complete set of first edition, first impressions, all in the original grey wove dustcovers. First state, with '4' to pages 49 of all volumes. Bound in dark red cloth, with gilt titles to the spine. Top edges red. Part 1: The Fellowship of the Ring, limited to 3000 copies. Part 2: The Two Tower, limited to 3250 copies. Part 3: The Return of The King, limited to 7000 copies. Complete with all maps drawn by Christopher Tolkien. Spines of volume one and two browned, with minor chipping to the top and tail. Light wear to the extremities, and some minor marking to the front and rear. Volume three dustcover in excellent near fine condition, with just the slightest bumping to the spine ends. None of the jackets are price clipped. Small red stain to the inside of the dustcover of volume 1, not visible from the outside. All bindings in very good clean sharp condition. Previous owners neat inscription to the ffep of volume 1& 2, and very slight foxing otherwise contents in lovely clean bright condition. Bindings tight with no cracking to the endpapers. A lovely set of one of the greatest literary works of the 20th century. Vol 1 423pp. Vol 2 352pp. Vol 3 416pp. Bookseller Inventory # 089381

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TOLKIEN, J.R.R

Published by London George Allen and Unwin 1971 (1971)

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From: James Pepper Rare Books, Inc., ABAA (Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: London George Allen and Unwin 1971, 1971. Ninth printing of the one volume paperback edition. Signed by the author J.R.R. Tolkien on the title page in blue ink. This copy was signed and given to Fred Archer, one of the movers, who moved Mr. Tolkien from Bournemouth to Merton Street in March 1972, an incident recorded in Humphrey CarpenterÕs biography of Tolkien. A near fine bright copy with a hint of use in printed wrappers. The basis of the film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, and Christopher Lee. Peter Jackson won three Oscars in 2003 for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay for the third and final film ÔThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingÕ. Enclosed in a custom handsome dark green leather and cloth clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 20399E

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TOLkIEN, J.R.R.

Published by GEO. ALLEN & UNWIN, LONDON (1954)

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Item Description: GEO. ALLEN & UNWIN, LONDON, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. 1st Editions. Expert restoration to DJs by professional conservator. None. Bookseller Inventory # 10812

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The Hobbit: Tolkien, J.R.R.

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Published by George Allen and Unwin, London (1937)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. FIRST Edition, FIRST Impression, published by George Allen and Unwin in 1937. This First Edition, First Printing of only 1,500 copies is bound in the ORIGINAL green cloth from the publisher. This sophisticated dustjacket is rich in color with NO chips or tears. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is a First Edition, second impression with "second impression" printed on the front flap. This early dustjacket has the same art design as the First Impression and was also published the same year, 1937. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with light wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean with minor foxing to the edges. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Tolkien First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12420239927

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THE HOBBIT or There and Back Again: Tolkien, J. R.

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Published by London: George Allen and Unwin. (1937)

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Item Description: London: George Allen and Unwin., 1937. First edition, second impression (the first printing with coloured illustrations). Original green cloth with dark blue titles and illustration, in dustwrapper. Housed in a purpose made quarter black morocco solander case. Illustrated by the author with four colour and nine black and white full page plates and double page map illustrations to the front and rear. A superb example, the binding very clean and square. There is a tiny previous owner's name in blue ink to the top edge of the blank front endpaper and very light spotting to the text block edge. Complete with the near fine very lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which is a little spotted to the upper panel and flap edges. There is no loss to the dustwrapper and it has not been price-clipped. An exceptional example in entirely original and unrestored condition. The first printing of The Hobbit was issued on 21st September 1937 with a print run of only 1500 copies. The book was an immediate success and sold out within months. This second impression was printed in December the same year in an edition of 2300 copies (423 of which were destroyed at the warehouse of the binder Key and Whiting in the bombing of London on November 7th 1940) and was the first printing to include the authorís four colour plates, initially commissioned for and later published in the American edition. [Hammond A3a.] Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Bookseller Inventory # 11537

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

Tolkien, J. R. R.

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Item Description: George Allen & Unwin First Edition. CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED. "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 George Allen and Unwin - 1955 (1954)

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Item Description: George Allen and Unwin - 1955, 1954. FIRST EDITIONS, third volume with signature mark present and lines of type sagging on p.49 (designated as first state by Hammond in his bibliography, but later revised by him to second state), folding-maps drawn by Christopher Tolkien at rear of each volume, very short closed tear to title-page of third volume, pp. 424; 352; 416, 8vo, original red cloth, backstrips lettered in gilt and slightly softened at ends with a small amount of very gentle rubbing to tips, slight lean to spine of second volume, very minor knock to top corner of lower board on second volume, top edges red with slight partial fading to that of second volume, faint partial browning to free endpapers of first volume, dustjackets with backstrip panels a little sunned with some very shallow chipping at ends, similar chipping to corners of first two volumes with a short split at head of front flap-fold of first volume, very short closed tear to rear panel of same, a very good set. A splendid, unrestored set of first printings. Bookseller Inventory # 58300

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by Ballentine Books (1965)

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Item Description: Ballentine Books, 1965. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Barbara Remington (illustrator). First Edition. Not since we supplied most of the important pieces to a Tolkien museum in Switzerland has such a key piece come on the market. The importance of this now iconic artwork to Tolkienís huge popularity should not be underestimated. It was the cult status Tolkien first achieved in America on sale of millions of paperback and not in his own Britain,that would make him a household name. The Hobbit for example was not produced in the UK until 1961, 24 years after the first publication. Until 1966 his books only sold a few thousand copies a year, hardly a best seller. In fact the Tolkien society fan club first started in America, some five years before the UK version. Keep reading if you want to know more. We are pleased to offer for sale, perhaps the most important original Tolkien related art piece. It is truly deserving as a museum piece representing a key turning point in the history of Professor Tolkien popularity. While Tolkienís own art was used in the Hobbits, none of his was used in the first lotR except the dust jackets. This is the original concept art submitted to Mrs Betty Ballantine for the 1965 Ballantine Books first paperbacks of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books in America. It was also used for the promotional posters and banners for what was to become very popular editions. It was produced by artist Barbara Remington as a concept proof before the final colour versions were produced. The medium is gouache on card, glued on illustration board with the original Ballantine stock sticker on the reverse, art piece 11 x 11 inches in size plus frame and matt width. It comes with a personal COA letter from Betty Ballantine. It also comes with two custom made frames, one for the art and one for the letter. Art frame has plexiglass panel on the reverse so you can see the Ballantine stock sticker. It also includes a poster- Come to Middle-earth which is the same artwork in colour as well as used on the cover of Fellowship of the Ring. This iconic illustration also has a slightly infamous reputation as Tolkien did not like it initially, but this does not alter its importance to Tolkien lore as we know it today. The History In 1965 Ace Paperbacks in America released unauthorised editions of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the first time in paperback. This was due to a loophole in US copyright. The rush was then on for Houghton Mifflin, Tolkienís US publisher in collaboration with Ballantine books to release authorised paperbacks of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. To close he copyright loophole, a new version of the LotR text was needed, in which Professor Tolkien set out to make changes in 1965. As was often the case, these revisions were quite delayed, forcing Ballantine Books to rush out a new edition of the Hobbit and using Barbara Remington artwork before she had actually read the books. Thus some of the strange figures in the artwork are not in the book. There was even a lion on the cover of the Hobbit PB until it was airbrushed out. During an interview with N Marion Hage and Andwerve, Barbarasaid- "I worked for Ballantine, and as a practice, always read the books before doing the artwork. I didnít have this luxury with the Tolkien Books, something I wish I could have changed. Ballantine was in a hurry to get these books out right away. When they commissioned me to do the artwork, I didnít have the chance to see either book, though I tried to get a copy through my friends. So I didnít know what they were about. I tried finding people that had read them, but the books were not readily available in the states, and so I had sketchy information at best." (As noted above, Barbara did make sketches relative to the books, afterwards, but she couldnít get the publishers to see the point, something which is very regretful). Professor Tolkien was not impressed with the new Hobbit book cover. In a letter to Rayner Unwin, 12 September 1965, Tolkien wrote: ĎI wrote expressing(with moderation) my dislike of the cover for. Bookseller Inventory # 01242

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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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