The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Published by Allen & Unwin in 1963, these are the 13th/10th/10th impression of the 1st Edition.
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.
The cloth on the Two Towers is somewhat loose, appears the cloth has released from the boards, but cover is still completely intact and shows only minor wrinkling.
The textblock is clean and bright.
Each volume features Bevel-Edged boards, gilded page edges, and all still have the original silk bookmark sewn in.
The books are in Very Good condition, with some marks and rubbing to the spines with some degradation of the gilt stamping on the Fellowship and Return. The Two Towers is still bright and undamaged.
The gilded edges of all the books show some rubbing and loss of the gilding.
The books have no writing or inscriptions in any of the books.
The set of books are housed in a reproduction of the very scarce original publishers slipcase featuring the Pauline Baynes color "triptych" artwork.
A very scarce set of the original Allen & Unwin 1st Deluxe Editions, less than 1000 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 of the exterior.
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.