The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Published by George Allen and Unwin, 1954/54/55 1st UK Edition 1st impressions.
The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published 1954. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published 1954.
The Return of the King is a 1st impression dated 1955, 1st State without signature mark '4' and the infamous slipped type, which is now considered the 1st state of the 1st impression.
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 Crimson Morocco Leather, all edges trimmed and gilded, with Gilt stamped design of Tolkiens original line drawing "The Gates of Moria", split between the spines of the three volumes.
The set is further characterized by custom Marbled endpapers by Joan Ajala of Australia, silk ribbon markers, and is housed in a custom clamshell (drop spine) case in matching Crimson Leather. The front boards of the case and books feature Tengwar (tolkien's Elvish writing) titles and author, as well as tolkien's own Ring and Eye design from the original dustjackets.
The rear of the case is gilt stamped with the Tengwar Rune Poem, from the original text.
The rear of the books are gilt stamped with the JRRT monogram.
The front boards of the books have the individual book Titles and author in Tengwar as well as the Ring and Eye design gilt stamped.
A true Tolkien Collector's dream set.
This is a fabulous design, executed by one of America's premier binders.
All are very clean and bright, without any foxing, and with no writing or signatures.
No expense spared.
Beautiful looking set, with a classic design.
Digital photo's available, inquire if interested.
Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.