The Fellowship of the Ring is the equivalent to the 3rd UK impression, whereas it is only the 2nd US impression (no 2nd impression was issued), published in 1955.
This copy is in its original dustjacket, with the correct issue points. The dustjacket shows only the most minor chips to the top corners of the spine, and the top front fold. A little loss on the inside flap, at the top corner. The boards are very nice, showing a little soiling to the top edge, minor shelf wear to the bottom. Not frayed or worn thru, also shows no bumped corners. No previous owners names or writing. The endpapers show a little offsetting, with about 1" of the gutter just starting to seperate at the top. The text block shows no markings or folded corners, clean & bright. The original map is present, unmarked, no tears or extra folds noted. Overall, a beautiful Very Good Plus to Near Fine example of a very desirable book.
The Two Towers is also a 3rd impression, in its original dustjacket
, with the correct issue points of the "stripe" at the top and bottom of the front, the "gap" in the Hobbits hat, and the "cufflink", all points present and visible. These points are found only on the 2nd and 3rd impression dustjackets. The dustjacket has 2 closed tears, one, approximately 3/4" at the top of the spine with a slight loss to the corner of the spine, and the other at the top front corner of the front of the dustjacket, closed with no loss, almost invisible. Some light, scattered soiling, but the colors remain bright and vibrant. No fading to the spine, as is so often found. The book itself is virtually fine, with no names or writing, no offsetting or foxing, and no soiling to the boards. The gilt remains bright and untarnished. The original map is present, unmarked, no tears or extra folds noted. A beautiful copy.
The Return of the King is a 1st impression, with the date, 1956 on the title page, indicating a true 1st Impression.
The book also has the signature mark '4' on page 49, with the slipped type. The dustjacket shows no fading or loss anywhere. There is some minor black marks to the bottom edge, from original protector, which has been replaced. The back and the top edge has some wrinkling from the original protector as well, but no loss at all. The colors remain clear and bright, without fading. The dustjacket also shows the first state point of the "larger, bolder" dollar sign, with the double uprights extended. The book shows a little soiling to the top edge of the boards, but the gilt remains bright and untarnished. The corners have minor bumps, but the cloth is not cut or frayed. Some age darkening to the endpapers, but no names or writing. The rear endpaper has a few marks from the edge of the dustjacket, at the bottom of the page, under the map. The map is present and shows no tears or extra folds, clean and bright. The text block is clean, with no markings or folded corners. Another very nice copy of an extremely collectable book.
Overall the set presents beautifully, with full vibrant colors, only the most minor loss at a few corners, and no names or writing in any of the books. All maps are present, and in Near Fine condition.
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