The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published in July of 1954.
The Two Towers is a 1st impression, also published in 1954.
The Return of the King is a 1st impression dated 1955, true 1st State (as per correspondance with Hammond, not in accordance with Hammond and Anderson, A Tolkien Bibliography) without signature mark '4' and lacking 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 Dark Forest Green Morocco Leather, all edges trimmed and gilded. Features the 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 of the case. Single gilt rule at edge of the boards, both interior and exterior, as well as the case.
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 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 previous owners names. A fabulous looking set, with a classic design.
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