The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published 1954.
The Two Towers is a 1st impression dated 1954.
The Return of the King is a 1st impression dated 1955, true 1st State lacking the signature mark '4' and the infamous slipped type. Contrary to Hammond and Anderson, this represents the true 1st state of this book. This was confirmed thru correspondence with Wayne Hammond.
All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition. An extraordinary set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is fully rebound in Dark Forest Green Morocco Leather, all edges trimmed and gilded, with the original cloth spines bound in the rear.
The set is further characterized by Marbled endpapers, silk ribbon markers, and is housed in a full leather clamshell case that mirrors the image of the spines of the books. These are distinguished by compartments, with raised bands, gilt tooling, and gilt ruled edges.
Title, Author, Publisher and Date, as well as a 'Ring and Eye' device from the original UK dustjackets are featured in the compartments, and a larger version of the 'Ring & Eye' on the front boards of all three books and clamshell case.
A beautiful design, executed by one of America's premier binders. All are very clean and bright, with only the slightest foxing to a
couple of the final pages, and with no writing or signatures. Beautiful looking set, with a classic design.
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