Published by Ballantine, 1965
Art / Print / Poster First Edition
No Binding. Condition: Very Good. Barbara Remington (illustrator). First Edition. Ballentine Books, 1965. Part of a three poster set to promote the officially released books in paperback, see second photo, this poster is the largest the banner mural. The others are Come to Middle-earth poster and a map comprise the other two. All very rare now. We have the Map for sale as well as the original concept art previously owned by Betty Ballentine. Crinkling and damage to all the edges, numerous small closed tears and pin holes to the corners, colours true. Top left corner has paper loss to the trim, another section on the bottom edge, however once matted for framing these won't be visible. I've had many customers have these dry mounted and framed (dry mounted means hung from acid free tape) The matting covers the edges and part of the image to secure it, so damage to the edges won't be seen once framed. The rest image itself is clean and colours true. There is a certain company selling reproductions of this banner poster. We detest copies and fakes, at any price. Aside from being illegal, the point of collecting iconic art is to have the original, in any condition. Those buying fakes are missing the point, you only cheat yourself. Under our original art listing, item number 265024963290, we describe the importance of this art to Professor Tolkien's masterpieces becoming famous world-wide. Without the 1965 paperbacks with this artwork on the cover, it may never have happened. I see these come on the market only every few years now. These early promotional posters are now one of the more scarce and unique Tolkien collectibles, in any condition.
Seller Inventory # 002190