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  • Seller image for The Return of the Shadow: The History of the Lord of the Rings, The History of Middle-Earth, Part 1, Vol. 6 for sale by Cross Genre Books
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    Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Cover art by Alan Lee (illustrator). 1st Edition. The book has slight dusting to the page block.The dust jacket is unclipped ($19.95). 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 number line. Signed by the artist on the title page. Signed by Illustrator(s).

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    Hardcover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First. Signed on title page by actor Ian McKellen, "Gandalf. "; 8.75 X 0.25 X 11 inches; 120 pages; Signed by Actor.

  • Lee, Alan (Tolkien, J R R)

    Published by Harper Collins, 2019

    ISBN 10: 0008367434ISBN 13: 9780008367435

    Seller: first state books, Corsham, WILTS, United Kingdom

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    Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Signed UK 1st editions/printings 1/1. Fine, in fabric boards. Beautiful publications, The Hobbit Sketchbook signed to title page by Lee and numbered out of 3000. Both housed in fine slipcase, still in publisher's shrink wrap. Only 3000 worldwide and now scarce. Since 2001 First State Books has specialised in literary and children's fiction. We offer a guarantee of authenticity and that all items as described. Signed by Author(s).

  • Seller image for The Hobbit & The Lord Of The Rings Boxed Set (Signed Dated by Illustrator) for sale by Fialta Books

    Tolkien, J. R. R.

    Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, 2020

    ISBN 10: 0008376107ISBN 13: 9780008376109

    Seller: Fialta Books, St Albans, United Kingdom

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    Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Box set. Later Printing. Illustrated in watercolour by Alan Lee. Signed and dated by Alan Lee to the Title Page of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Hobbit. Brand new set. Signed by Author(s).

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    Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Alan Lee (illustrator). 1st Edition. A near fine UK centenary edition first printing thus - in a near fine unclipped dustjacket - All my books are always securely packed with plenty of bubblewrap in professional boxes and promptly dispatched (within 2-3 days) - SIGNED & DATED BY ALAN LEE - Pictures available upon request. Signed by Illustrator(s).

  • Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. A beautiful, three volume slipcased edition - all volumes are first printings in fine dustjackets (near fine slipcase) - All my books are always securely packed with plenty of bubblewrap in professional boxes and promptly dispatched (within 2-3 days) - ALL 3 VOLUMES SIGNED BY ALAN LEE - Pictures available upon request. Signed by Illustrator(s).

  • J.R.R.TOLKEIN

    Published by FOLIO SOCIETY, 2022

    Seller: khan book store, Bellerose, NY, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Limited to 1000 sets numbered and signed by Alan Lee. Quarter-bound in leather with cloth sides blocked in silver and inset with insertion labels. 1504 pages in three volumes printed on Munken Pure paper. 53 color illustrations, two maps printed together in black and red. Hand-made cloth-covered slipcase blocked in silver and gun metal with printed illustration inside 12x7 3/4 . Separate printed presented in a folder of Pergamenatavpaper. Signed by Illustrator(s).

  • Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. A beautiful, three volume slipcased edition - all volumes are first printings in fine dustjackets - All my books are always securely packed with plenty of bubblewrap in professional boxes and promptly dispatched (within 2-3 days) - ALL THREE VOLUMES ARE SIGNED BY ALAN LEE WHO HAS KINDLY ADDED A SKETCH TO VOL 1 - Pictures available upon request. Signed by Illustrator(s).

  • TOLKIEN J.R.R.

    Published by Folio Society,, 2022

    Seller: Island Books, Thakeham, West Sussex, United Kingdom

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    3 vols., roy. 8vo.,plus separate map case, First Edition thus, text in red and black, with fine coloured plates , head-pieces and printed endpapers; pictorial cloth with mounted illustrations, burgundy calf back blocked and lettered in silver, silver tops, ribbon markers, a fine copy in publisher's cloth slip-case blocked and lettered in silver. EDITION LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES SIGNED BY THE ARTIST; WITH SEPARATE PRINT IN PAPER FOLDER.

  • Seller image for Lord of the Rings for sale by Avol's Books LLC

    Tolkien, J.R.R.

    Published by HarperCollins Publishers, 1991

    ISBN 10: 0261102303ISBN 13: 9780261102309

    Seller: Avol's Books LLC, Madison, WI, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Alan Lee (illustrator). The Lord of the Rings, Harper Collins, 1 volume Edition, a later printing, with the 50 illustrations by Alan Lee. This copy has been signed by Alan Lee on the title page. It also includes a full two page pencil drawing of Gandalf and Frodo smoking their pipes, signed "With best wishes, Alan Lee." This copy was purchased by a not-for-profit organization in New Zealand in October 2003. It was sent to Wingnut Films in Wellington, where Lee was temporarily residing, during the filming of the movies. Since it was for a not-for-profit organization, Lee was only too happy to support their cause. The original Letter of Authenticity, and supporting documents are included with this book, to authenticate , and illuminate the history of this fabulous copy. A one of a kind, unique copy for the collector. Custom open end slipcase to house and protect is included with the book. Light shelf rubbing to slipcase, dust jacket in mylar. Signed by Illustrator(s).

  • J. R. R. Tolkien

    Published by Folio Society, London, 2022

    Seller: Nikki Green Books, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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    Hardcover. Condition: New. Alan Lee (illustrator). 1st Edition. This copy is unopened in original packaging. This Edition was sold out within 24 hours upon release.This exquisite three-volume set is presented in a silver-blocked Limited to 1,000 sets numbered and signed by Alan Lee. This copy No.856. Slipcase (lined with a hidden illustration) with a new art print exclusive to this edition and a pair of maps drawn by Christopher Tolkien, printed together and presented in a cloth-covered case. Each volume is quarter-bound in burgundy calfskin leather blocked in silver, with an illustrated inset label, silver page tops and a burgundy satin ribbon marker. The text itself , printed in black and burgundy is accompanied by a new preface written exclusively for this edition by the artist. Signed by Illustrator(s).

  • Seller image for The Lord of the Rings', UK signed limited edition for sale by First and Fine

    Tolkien, J.R.R.

    Published by Harper Collins, 1992

    Seller: First and Fine, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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    Hardcover. Condition: As New. Limited Edition. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1992) The Lord of the Rings , UK limited edition, published by Harper Collins. Special deluxe limited edition signed by illustrator Alan Lee, One of only 250 copies of which this is no. 139. Published on the occasion of the author s birth on 3 January 1892. Quarter bound in green leather and grey cloth sides, with Tolkien s monogram stamped on the sides. Housed in a sturdy green cloth slipcase. All page block edges are gilded, ribbon markers are bound in. Includes fifty original illustrations by Alan Lee throughout the three volumes. Condition: as new and still sealed, and with the original box as shipped by the publisher. First and Fine. Signed by Illustrator(s).

  • Seller image for The Lord of the Rings (Folio Limited Edition with signed print) for sale by Fialta Books

    J. R. R. Tolkien

    Published by Folio Society, London, 2022

    Seller: Fialta Books, St Albans, United Kingdom

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    Hardcover. Condition: New. No Jacket. Alan Lee (illustrator). 1st Edition. Brand new set, will be shipped in Folio's original packaging. Limited to just 1,000 sets. Signed by Alan Lee, this is the finest version of Tolkien's masterpiece. The art print was signed by Alan Lee at an in-person event. Signed by Illustrator(s).

  • Seller image for The Lord of the Rings for sale by 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop

    Tolkien, J.R.R.

    Published by London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954

    Seller: 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop, Stevenson, MD, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST PRINTINGS WITH AN INSCRIPTION BY TOLKIEN. Mounted at the front of the first volume is a small leaf inscribed by Tolkien: For Mr Hal Coomer in memory of a pleasant meeting & suffering shared, on Whitsunday, 1958. J. R. R. Tolkien. The two had appeared together on a radio program. The set is accompanied by a letter dated 3 June 1958 from Tolkien s publisher George Allen & Unwin. In this letter to Coomer, the publisher notes, We do not normally disclose our author s addresses, but we know how much Professor Tolkien enjoyed meeting you and are sure that he would like you to write to him direct, giving the address in Oxford. Tolkien evidently replied to Coomer s letter with this inscription to put in his first edition of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien worked on this epic, not so much a trilogy as a long novel, from the publication of The Hobbit (1937) until the early 1950s. Beginning with the appearance of the second edition of 1966 and the nearly simultaneous appearance of the paperback edition in America, The Lord of the Rings became one of the best-selling works of fiction of the century. This is the paradigmatic work of modern heroic fantasy. . . . Its success was not immediate, but its publication in paperback was an event sufficiently momentous to transform completely the market situation of heroic fantasy, and hence bring about a new era in its history. The Lord of the Rings made fantasy a significant publishing category and inspired a deluge of new works. The astonishing reception and influence of this work qualify it as one of the most remarkable literary phenomena of the 20th century (Barron, ed., Fantasy Literature). Three volumes. Folding map in each volume. Return of the King is second state with sig. 4 and slipped type on p. 49 (this was formerly Hammond s first state, but the bibliographer has revised his opinion). Original red cloth and printed dust jackets. Show-through staining from old removed tape repairs to jackets of vols. 1-2, some wear, spines tanned. A good set. The size of the edition was small: The Fellowship of the Ring (3000 copies), The Two Towers (3250 copies), and The Return of the King (7000 copies). Inscribed by Author(s).

  • Seller image for The Lord of the Rings for sale by 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop

    TOLKIEN, J. R. R.

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

    Seller: 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop, Stevenson, MD, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Three volumes. Folding map in each volume. Return of the King is second state with sig. 4 and slipped type on p. 49 (this was formerly Hammond s first state, but the bibliographer has revised his opinion). Original red cloth and printed dust jackets. Show-through staining from old removed tape repairs to jackets of vols. 1-2, some wear, spines tanned. A good set. FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST PRINTINGS. This is a very attractive set of the celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy. The size of the edition was small: The Fellowship of the Ring (3000 copies), The Two Towers (3250 copies), and The Return of the King (7000 copies). WITH AN INSCRIPTION BY TOLKIEN. Mounted at the front of the first volume is a small leaf inscribed by Tolkien: For Mr Hal Coomer in memory of a pleasant meeting & suffering shared, on Whitsunday, 1958. J. R. R. Tolkien. The two had appeared together on a radio program. The set is accompanied by a letter dated 3 June 1958 from Tolkien s publisher George Allen & Unwin. In this letter to Coomer, the publisher notes, We do not normally disclose our author s addresses, but we know how much Professor Tolkien enjoyed meeting you and are sure that he would like you to write to him direct, giving the address in Oxford. Tolkien evidently replied to Coomer s letter with this inscription to put in his first edition of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien worked on this epic, not so much a trilogy as a long novel, from the publication of The Hobbit (1937) until the early 1950s. Beginning with the appearance of the second edition of 1966 and the nearly simultaneous appearance of the paperback edition in America, The Lord of the Rings became one of the best-selling works of fiction of the century. This is the paradigmatic work of modern heroic fantasy. . . . Its success was not immediate, but its publication in paperback was an event sufficiently momentous to transform completely the market situation of heroic fantasy, and hence bring about a new era in its history. The Lord of the Rings made fantasy a significant publishing category and inspired a deluge of new works. The astonishing reception and influence of this work qualify it as one of the most remarkable literary phenomena of the 20th century (Barron, ed., Fantasy Literature). Inscribed by Author(s).

  • Seller image for The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien 1st UK printings rebound signed for sale by SOA Books

    JRR Tolkien

    Published by George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954

    Seller: SOA Books, Northumberland, United Kingdom

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    Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. All 1st UK printing of the 1st editions 1954, 1954 and 1955. Vol 1 signed For Tolkien and Lord of the Rings collectors and fans A stunning and beautifully re-bound set of 3 volumes (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King) published by George Allen and Unwin in 1954, 1954 and 1955 UK. This is a genuine 1st edition 1st printing set with all the issue points. (slipped text to vol 3 pages 49. Beautifully re-bound in burgundy leather by Temple Bookbinders in Oxford (The binders to the Royal Household) with the gilt ring and eye device design by JRR Tolkien to front boards, gold tooling and raised spines. The spines have gilt titles, authors name, JRRT monogram and year of publication. The colour is as Tolkien preferred for The Lord of the Rings, the page edges are all gilt and there is a tipped in signature by JRR Tolkien in volume 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, beautiful flowing signature in black ink with 3 dots and underscore. The maps all present in the rear of each volume. Beautiful Red slip case. Great clean condition, no inscriptions, pages clean throughout and there are just a few small dots (foxing) opposite the maps only at the rear of each volume. This set came with a selection of photographs of JRR Tolkien which make it a wonderful and stunning set. Please see photographs to help judge what a wonderful set this is and ask any questions. Please contact me if you require further information. UK +44 (0)7785110512 Buy with confidence see 100% feedback. This set is also listed elsewhere. I am open to sensible offers. Please see other Tolkien items by SOA Books Free worldwide postage to include tracking and insurance. UK Collection preferred or I will deliver in person in the UK subject to distance. Signed by Author(s).

  • Seller image for Typed Letter Signed [TLS] introducing The Lord of the Rings for sale by Manhattan Rare Book Company, ABAA, ILAB

    TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

    Published by np, Oxford, 1953

    Seller: Manhattan Rare Book Company, ABAA, ILAB, New York, NY, U.S.A.

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    custom folder. Condition: Very Good. First edition. EIGHT MONTHS BEFORE PUBLICATION, TOLKIEN ANXIOUSLY INTRODUCES HIS MASTERPIECE, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, TO A FAN OF THE HOBBIT. Tolkien had begun work on The Lord of the Rings in December of 1937 and by early 1950, after over twelve years of labor, the writing was essentially complete. The road to publication, however, was not an easy one, for Tolkien feared his book would have difficulty finding an audience. In February, 1950, he wrote about his concerns to his publisher (Allen & Unwin): "My work has escaped from my control and I have produced a monster: an immensely long, complex, rather bitter, and rather terrifying romance, quite unfit for children (if fit for anybody)." (Carpenter, 213). Tolkien's admission that he had produced a "monster" turned out to be prescient, for seeing the book through publication proved to be a challenge for both him and his publisher and three years after completion, the first volume (The Fellowship of the Rings) was still not in print. At the time of the present letter -December 2, 1953 -publication finally seemed imminent, and Tolkien was understandably nervous. Writing to Mrs. F.L. Perry, a fan of The Hobbit, he explains the delays in publication (it was supposed to be published by Christmas, 1953), worries that the book will be too long and expensive to reach a wide audience, introduces the world of The Lord of the Rings and expresses his hopes that she will like the book despite humbly worrying that it is filled with too much history, geography, and genealogy. His was right to be concerned about further delays in publication -the first edition of The Fellowship of the Ring wouldn't actually appear until July 29, 1954 - but of course his other major concern -that the book would not find an audience - was wildly misguided. The letter reads in full: December 2nd, 1953 Dear Mrs. Perry, Thank you very much for your letter, and kind words. All I can say is that, if you have so much enjoyed The Hobbit, then at least you will not be disappointed with The Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately, I have not only been crushingly busy this year, but also during October and November often ill, and certain adjuncts, necessary to publication, which only I can supply (e.g. maps) have been so long delayed that issue of Vol. I for Christmas, as planned, has become impossible. I hope it will appear early in 1954, and the next two vols. in quick succession. I am correcting the proofs of Vol. II at the moment. I do not know the price yet. Alas! Having put so much into this sequel, it has grown to such a large book that size and cost alone will, I fear, keep it out of many hands that would enjoy it. But I hear that the Americans are taking it up, after seeing an advance copy of Vol. I, and I am told that may make a larger issue and a rather lower price possible on the side of the Water. There is no more about Mirkwood or the northern countries, I am afraid; and the story moves away down the Great River to the kingdoms of the South. But there is a great deal of Ancient History and geography and genealogy in it: too much, I dare say, for all but the most devoted friends of Hobbits. I would send you some proof-copies, if I had any to spare, and if I did not think that you would enjoy it more, when it is complete, and has maps and appendices and all. But I hope very much that when at last you get it you will not be disappointed. It will take a very long time to read, even once, and even quickly! Yours sincerely, [signed] JRR Tolkien Typed Letter Signed ("J.R.R. Tolkien") to Mrs. F.L. Perry, two pages, on one half-sheet (both sides) of Tolkien's 76 Sandfield Road stationery. Center mailing fold, two tiny closed tears at extreme edges; generally fine. Housed in custom presentation folder. As far as we can tell, this letter is unpublished. References: Carpenter, Humphrey. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

  • Seller image for Autograph Letter Signed [ALS] on The Lord of the Rings for sale by Manhattan Rare Book Company, ABAA, ILAB

    TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

    Published by np, Oxford, 1954

    Seller: Manhattan Rare Book Company, ABAA, ILAB, New York, NY, U.S.A.

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    custom folder. Condition: Very Good. First edition. A REMARKABLY REVEALING LETTER: TOLKIEN DISCUSSES HIS SPECIFIC FEARS ABOUT THE TWO TOWERS AND DEFINES "THE FOUNDATION" OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS AND CONNECTS IT TO HIS LIFE'S WORK. The Fellowship of the Ring (the first volume of The Lord of the Rings trilogy) was published on July 29, 1954. There were a number of rave reviews (mostly notably from Tolkien's friend C.S. Lewis) but there were also enough harsh or critical assessments (particularly the reviews in the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times) to concern Tolkien and make him anxious about the reception of the second volume, The Two Towers. Professional reviews were one worry, but Tolkien always seemed even more eager to discover if his works connected with "regular" readers as well. One such reader whose opinion he held in high regards, was one of his early supporters, Miss F.L. Perry, whom he had corresponded with earlier about The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. The present letter was written on November 22, 1954 -only eleven days after the publication of The Two Towers - but the opening of the letter implies that Tolkien has already written her for her thoughts on his new book ("I did not mean to put you to any trouble") and has been eagerly awaiting her reply. Then, in a revealing passage that gives insight into Tolkien's thinking on potential failures of The Two Towers, he confesses that he worried about how his readers would accept the return of Gandalf (who was presumed dead at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring), and more generally, "would feel a falling off on a failure of their expectations," or "feel they had had enough after the novelty had worn off, and perhaps regret the decrease of hobbitry and elfishness as the darkness increases and war and terror come out of the East." With relief - and evidently pleased with Miss Perry's previous response - he writes that "All this is answered! Though by no means all are so satisfied by Gandalf." It's clear that Miss Perry was curious to learn more about Tolkien's writing and the history of Middle-earth, for Tolkien then goes on a wonderful digression first focusing on The Lord of the Rings before shifting to a discussion of his previously published work grounded in Anglo-Saxon history (noting, interestingly, that he is at his best when he is writing "verses arising from the emotions of a story, and written to represent the feelings of other 'characters' than myself"). He concludes with an important statement identifying the theme that unites all his work, both reality-based and fantasy-based. The historical work, he writes, "is really on the theme which has always engrossed me and is the foundation of 'The Lord of the Rings': the noble and the ignoble. For hobbitry you have the plain farmer-soldier; for the chivalry, a young minstrel or poet." He concludes his letter with the hope that Miss Perry will stay with him through volume III, "when all the complicated plot, and many characters, must be drawn together." The text reads in full: Nov. 22nd 1954 Dear Miss Perry It was very nice indeed of you to write; but I did not mean to put you to any trouble, specially not when unwell. Still, I was anxious about one or two points: specially about the return of Gandalf; and generally whether my friends would feel a falling off on a failure of their expectations; or feel they had had enough after the novelty had worn off, and perhaps regret the decrease of hobbitry and elfishness as the darkness increases and war and terror come out of the East. All this is answered! Though by no means all are so satisfied by Gandalf. However, all the reviews of the T.T. so far have been good, and Edwin Muir (Observer) is much less patronizing. As for the Chronicles: it has been impossible to include all that I have written or sketched out in this book. But there is really quite a lot of stray information about Arwen scattered about. It was the northern N˙menˇrean realm of Isildur with its capitals at Ann˙minas and Fornost of which a good deal is said in the 'Council of Elrond.' The King of Angmar becomes the Lord of the Ringwraiths, who appears in Book 1, and will appear again. I have written a good deal of verse (of very varying merit), and some of it has been published here and there. But I have never collected it. I think I am best at the kind of thing seen in the present book - verses arising from the emotions of a story, and written to represent the feelings of other 'characters' than myself. The very long narrative poems, I do not suppose will be ever published. They may! Of longer things a 'Breton Lay,' Aotrou and Itroun was published in the 'Welsh Review' (now deceased); and on Dec. 3 you can hear (if you wish) a dramatic dialogue in alliterative verse concerning the 'Battle of Maldon (fought A.D. 991), broadcast by the B.B.C. It might interest you since it concerns one of the most heroic events in Anglo-Saxon history, and is the history of Essex; the death of the great Duke Byrhhnoth of Essex in battle with the Vikings of Anlaf (Olaf Tryggvason) of Norway. And also because it is really on the theme which has always engrossed me and is the foundation of 'The Lord of the Rings': the noble and the ignoble. For hobbitry you have the plain farmer-soldier; for the chivalry, a young minstrel or poet. I hope you will soon be better. And I hope, too, that you will continue to approve of Vol III, when all the complicated plot, and many characters, must be drawn together. Thank you once more for your kindness in writing, and for the great encouragement you have given. Yours sincerely, [signed] J.R.R. Tolkien Autograph Letter Signed. Four pages on two sheets (170 x 132 mm) of Tolkien's 76 Sandfield Road stationery. Custom presentation folder. Usual mailing folds, a few spots, particularly on last page; visually very attractive, showcasing Tolkien's famous calligraphic handwriting. As far as we can tell, this letter is unpublished. References: Carpenter, Humphrey. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography. Boston: Hou.

  • Seller image for THE LORD OF THE RINGS being The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King for sale by Jonkers Rare Books

    TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

    Published by London Allen & Unwin -7, 1965

    Seller: Jonkers Rare Books, Henley on Thames, OXON, United Kingdom

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    Three volumes. Signed by Tolkien to the title pages of each volume. The first volume is a second impression of the second edition (1967), the other two are eleventh impressions (1965). Each volume in original red cloth with gilt titles on the spine and all in the second edition's dustwrappers. A very good set indeed, in very good dustwrappers. Fold out maps to the rear of each volume, printed in red and black, drawn by Christopher Tolkien. A good association copy of Tolkien's epic work of fantasy, inscribed for the accountant in charge of paying his royalties. In July 1972, Tolkien reported to his son Christopher of a rare visit to the offices of Allen & Unwin: "A car was sent for me and I went to the new offices. of Allen & Unwin. To this I paid a kind of official visitation, like a minor royalty, and was somewhat startled to discover the main business of all this organisation of many departments was dealing with my works. Accountancy told me that sales of The Hobbit were rocketing up into hitherto unreached heights" (11th July 1972). It is conceivable that it was on this visit that he signed this set of The Lord Of The Rings for Abbott.

  • Seller image for THE LORD OF THE RINGS - THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS, THE RETURN OF THE KING SIGNED for sale by Rare Book Cellar

    J. R. R. Tolkien

    Published by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd, London, 1967

    Seller: Rare Book Cellar, Pomona, NY, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Second Revised Edition. All three volumes Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust jacket. The Fellowship of the Ring 2nd impresssion, faint stain on FEP. Marring on both The Two Towers and The Return of the King front flaps. ; The Return of the King signed by J. R. R. Tolkien on title page. ; Signed by Author.

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    JRR Tolkien

    Published by JRR Tolkien, Oxford, 1945

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    Hardcover. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. On his progress writing ?The Lord of the Rings? J.R.R. Tolkien, 1945 TOLKIEN, John Ronald Reuel (1892-1973). Autograph letter signed ("Ye olde Professor JRRT") to Leila Keane and Patricia Kirke, Oxford, 9 January 1945. Wonderful and most important letter by JRR Tolkien regarding the Lord of the Rings from 9 years before the books were published. Beautifully presented in a leather book and clam shell case by Temple Bookbinders of Oxford with Tolkiens Ring and Eye design. Fascinating information on the characters and plot in The Lord of the Rings and family life. A similar letter to the same recipients in 1943 regarding the Hobbit sold at Christies New York a few months ago for ú100000. Three pages, 85 x 122mm on his blind embossed stationery. A lengthy letter detailing Tolkien's progress with Lord of the Rings. The recipients, Leila Keane and Patricia Kirke, were two young girls who maintained a lengthy correspondence and friendship with Tolkien after reading The Hobbit. Tolkien apologizes for not writing for nearly a year citing his busy work and writing schedule. "That next book is not finished yet, and it almost looks as if you'll be grown up before it is. But I hope you won't quite change your tastes!" He takes time to answer questions from their previous notes: "I illustrated 'The Hobbit' myself (very poorly, I think), but I shan't have time even to try and illustrate this one! I began it about 1938, and it is still growing slowly. Not only the Hobbit (Mr. Baggins), but quite a host of hobbits of the Baggins and other families come into it, as well as a great many creatures and people not before seen . It starts with a 'A Long-expected party' (on Bilbo's 111th birthday), and follows the adventures of Frodo, Bilbo's nephew, and Sam his servant in much longer and more perilous journeys to Rivendell and then far away South to the Mines of Moria, and Rohan and Gondor, and at last to the dreadful land of the Dark Lord . But except to say that?s all about Bilbo's Magic Ring (which I may have told you before) I won't tell the plot." Tolkien explains that there are "five books or parts," and that he had begun work on the fifth with his son "Christopher, who has helped me a lot, and was just drawing some lovely maps, of The Shire (where the Hobbits live) and of the Great Lands, was taken away and has been in Africa nearly a year ." He also reports on his son Michael was "invalided out of the army", his eldest, John was "now a 'Rev.' So all the original Hobbitses are growing up." His daughter Priscilla, "only 15," refused to read the novel until completion, "though she has typed out some of the chapters." He continues with additional family news noting that his son Chris was living in "the Orange River Free State," Tolkien's birthplace, but his son didn't "like it at all. Especially not a Christmas in midsummer, and the moon upside down." Tolkien's full-time academic role slowed progress greatly on Lord of the Rings. He did not complete the manuscript until 1949 and the book took another five years to appear in print (1954-1955). Not published in Carpenter. Any questions please call Andy on 07785110512 (UK). Signed by Author(s).

  • Tolkien, J.R.R

    Published by George Allen and Unwin, London, 1967

    Seller: Raptis Rare Books, Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.

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    Second editions of the author's classic trilogy, signed by Tolkien in each volume. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, folding maps. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "Signed for Ethel May with love J. R. R. Tolkien." Volumes two and three are signed by J.R.R. Tolkien on the half-title page. The recipient, Ethel Burchfield was the┬wife┬of Robert Burchfield, a lexicographer and scholar who was mentored by Tolkien. Burchfield studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was tutored by Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Burchfield would go on to develop a Tolkien-like fascination with linguistics and would become the┬editor┬of┬the┬Supplement to┬the Oxford English Dictionary. The┬two men remained friends and correspondents for much┬of┬their lives with Burchfield later crediting Tolkien as "the puckish fisherman who drew me into his glittering philological net." Near fine in near fine dust jackets, with "E. M. Burchfield St. Peters. XII 1967." Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box made by The Harcourt Bindery. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable signed, with noted provenance. 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.

  • Seller image for The Lord of the Rings, Original Concept Art by Remmington, COA from Betty Ballantine the owner of Ballentine Books. for sale by Festival Art and Books

    J.R.R. Tolkien

    Published by Betty Ballantine, London, 1965

    Seller: Festival Art and Books, Machynlleth, GWYNE, United Kingdom

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    No Binding. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Barbara Remington (illustrator). First Edition. Betty Ballantine and now Barbara Remington have passed away making this a true historic piece. It was the cult status Tolkien first achieved in America on sale of millions of paperbacks, not in Britain, that would make him a household name by the late 60's. The Hobbit for example was not produced in paper inUK until 1961, 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. Note, we were recently asked: we own the piece and as the seller, we left the letter addressed anonymously for the next buyer rather than to us. 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 Tolkien 's own art was used only in the Hobbit 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 version was approved. The medium is gouache on card, glued on illustration board with the original stock sticker on the reverse, It comes with a personal COA letter produced on my request . 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. In 1965 Ace Paperbacks in America released unauthorised editions of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This was due to a loophole in US copyright. The rush was then on for Houghton Mifflin, Tolkien' s 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 eventually for the 1966 2nd edition. 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, Barbara said- "I worked for Ballantine, and as a practice, always read the books before doing the artwork. I didn' t have this luxury with the Tolkien Books, Ballantine was in a hurry to get these books out right away. When they commissioned me to do the artwork, I didn 't have the chance to see either book, though I tried to get a copy through my friends. So I didn't 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 couldn' t 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: I wrote expressing(with moderation) my dislike of the cover for. Please ask for a complete set of photos! Feel free to ask questions about collecting Tolkien books, we are here. Signed by Illustrator(s).

  • Seller image for The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King for sale by Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

    Tolkien, J. R. R.

    Published by George Allen and Unwin, London, 1954

    Seller: Burnside Rare Books, ABAA, Portland, OR, U.S.A.

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    Condition: Fine. First Edition. 1954, 1954, 1955. Three volumes. First edition, first printings, signed by J.R.R. Tolkien on the title page of The Two Towers. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in red morocco, spines decorated and titled in gilt, with "Eye of Sauron" to front boards in gilt, dark green endpapers, and edges gilt. Housed in a red leather entry slipcase. Folding maps in red and black at rear of each volume. Fine. Pages lightly tanned. Tolkien's epic trilogy is considered one of the greatest fantasy works ever written and is among the best-selling books of all time. Its contribution to popular culture has been profound to say the least.

  • Tolkien, J.R.R

    Published by George Allen and Unwin 1954-55, London, 1954

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    First editions, first states of each title comprising the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Octavo, 3 volumes, original red cloth, folding map in the rear of each volume. Each volume is signed by J.R.R. Tolkien on the front free endpapers. Each volume is housed in a custom half morocco slipcase. An exceptional set, most rare and uncommon signed. 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. Near fine in excellent very good to near fine supplied first issue dust jackets with light rubbing and wear.