The true 1st Deluxe Edition of the 3 volumes of the Lord of the Rings, comprised of "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers", and "The Return of the King".
This set is bound in the original Black Buckram cloth with gilt titles, author and publisher to the spines of each volume. Each volume features Bevel-Edged boards, gilded page edges, and original silk bookmark sewn in.
The books are in Very Good condition, with a some marks and rubbing to the spines and a few wrinkles to the cloth on the boards. Has previous owners gift inscription on the ffep of the Fellowship, but no other writing or inscriptions in any of the books. The books are housed in a reproduction of the very scarce original publishers slipcase featuring the Pauline Baynes color "triptych" artwork.
The scarcest of all the original Allen & Unwin 1st Editions, as well as the Houghton Mifflin issues. Rumor has it, only 300 sets produced (worldwide).
Briefly mentioned in the Tolkien Bibliography by Hammond and Anderson on page 98.
An unusual set, very few available for purchase at any time. An opportunity to acquire a set at a reduced price, due to the less than immaculate condition.
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