The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published 1954.
The Two Towers is a 1st impression published 1955, at only 1000 copies, the scarcest of all the original 1st edition 1 impression books.
The Return of the King is a 1st impression dated 1956, 1st State with signature mark '4' and the infamous slipped type.
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 Forest Green Morocco Leather, all edges trimmed and gilded, with Gilt stamped design of Tolkiens original line drawing "The Gates of Moria", split between the spines of the three volumes. The set features the "Ring and Eye" from the original UK dustjackets, gilt stamped to the front boards as well as the case.
The set is further characterized by Marbled endpapers, silk ribbon markers, and is housed in a full leather triple spined clamshell case, that mirrors the image of the spines of the books.
This is a beautiful design, executed by one of America's premier binders. All are very clean and bright, without any foxing, and with no writing or signatures. Beautiful looking set, with a classic design.
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