The Fellowship of the Ring is a 3rd impression published in January 1955.
The Two Towers is a stated 2nd impression published 1955, lacking the date on the title page, which identifies it as a 3rd impression.
The Return of the King is a 3rd impression published January 1957.
All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition.
A beautiful set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is bound in original red cloth, with no names or writing in the books. Pages are clean and bright, with virtually no foxing, other than a little offsetting on the endpapers of the RotK. The boards on all three books are straight with the cloth very clean and bright. Gilt still shines on the books, though slightly dulled to the FotR. Red topstain is faded on the Fellowship, less so on the Two Towers, still strong on the Return of the King. An absolutely fantastic set with their original dustjackets, still have the blue tint to the paper.
Totally unfaded, and only lightly soiled. The FotR shows a small closed tear to the top edge of the front panel, as well as a minor scrape just touching the 'R' of Ring in the title. The RotK has the dustjacket neatly price clipped, still leaving the Title/Author/Publisher only removing the price in a 1/2" by 1" clip.
The TT's is basically without fault.
A custom slipcase, with black silk ribbon pull to house these treasures is included in the price.
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