A beautiful early impression set of the classic Lord of the Rings. Housed in custom slipcase, the colors of the dustjackets are bright and look spectacular.
The Fellowship of the Ring is the 13th impression, published in 1963.
This copy is in its original dustjacket, with the correct issue points. The dustjacket shows some restoration to the tips of the spine, and the top front cover. The boards are very nice, showing a little soiling to the top edge and spine area, minor shelf wear to the bottom. Not frayed or worn thru, also shows no bumped corners. Previous owner's gift inscription in elvish under the front flap. 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 example of a very desirable book.
The Two Towers is a 10th impression, in its original dustjacket, with the correct issue points.
The dustjacket has some minor closed tears,with some slight loss to the corner of the spine. 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 only some light soiling to the spine area of 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 9th impression, published in 1962.
The dustjacket shows no fading and only minor loss anywhere. The dustjacket also show one of the points of having a strip at the top and bottom, confirming the 9th impression dustjacket is the correct issue for this book. The colors remain clear and bright, without fading. The dustjacket also shows the correct second state point of the smaller dollar sign, with the single upright 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 minor loss to the dustjackets. All maps are present, and in Near Fine condition. A nice scarce set, in collectable condition.
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