George Allen & Unwin, published in 1954, 1954, and 1955, the 1st UK Edition, 1st impressions.
The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published July 29th, 1954. One of 1500 printed for the UK. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954. One of 2250 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955. This copy is the 1st State, as per Hammon & Anderson, with the signature mark '4' and having the slipped type on page 49. Correspondence with Wayne Hammond has indicated he has revised his original definition of the 1st state, from what was described in the Tolkien Bibliography, making this the later state. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, no tears or extra folds. All three books are in their original dustjackets, and all three have the same previous owners name and address to the front endpaper, mostly hidden by the dustjacket flap. No other markings or writing. The front endpapers show a moderate amount of offsetting and foxing on all three books. The only other foxing noted in any of the books, is to the outside edges of the textblock, a few spots to the last page in a couple of the books. but none to the interior of any of the books. The dustjackets are not price clipped, and they have minor rubbing and splits or loss to a few area's, mostly around the folds. The text blocks are all clean, bright and tight, without any internal foxing or markings. A beautiful, collectable set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature.
The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st UK Edition, 1st impression with the book in Very Good Plus condition. Previous owner's name and address (same in all three books) to the front endpaper. The gilt is slightly dulled but untarnished on the spine. The boards are very clean and bright, with virtually no shelf wear on the bottom edge, A couple of lightly bumped corners and a little spine lean the only faults. The dustjacket is unclipped and shows beautifully, with very little tanning, some light fading to the red lettering of the spine and only moderate soiling. A beautiful, correct 1st impression dustjacket.
The Two Tower's - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, has the date (1954) on the title page, and no other printings listed, which would indicate a true 1st imp. Book is in Very Good Plus condition. Same previous owner's name, no other writing. and with some moderate offsetting on the endpapers. The boards are very clean and bright, without any bumps to the corners, very little shelf wear on the bottom edges, and no noticeable wear to the spine tips. Gilt is still clean and bright. The dustjacket is not clipped, and has very light tanning and some fading of the red lettering on the spine, and again is lightly soiled. No chips or wear to the edges, and only the smallest loss to the fold area's. The original map is present, without any tears or extra folds, also has the 1st state point with the red dot off coast of Umbar. A lovely copy, in its correct and original 1st impression dustjacket.
The Return of the King - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, the later state with the slipped type and signature mark '4' on page 49, as per Wayne Hammond's revised opinion. Same previous owners name and 1955 date, a very moderate bit of foxing/offsetting on the endpapers. The boards are very clean and bright, no bumped corners, and no shelf wear is evident. Gilt is again clean and bright. The dustjacket is not clipped, and is lightly tanned, and shows very little fading to the red lettering on the spine, and again is only moderately soiled. The map is present and in Near Fine condition, no extra folds or tears noted. A lovely example of the 1st impression book and original dustjacket.
A fantastic set of First Editions of this classic of fantasy literature, with a custom full leather clamshell case, to protect and house these 'precious' books.
The full Red Leather Clamshell features the Gates of Moria design to the triple spined case, with Tengwar title and Author to the front panel, with the large Ring and Eye design from the original dustjackets. The rear features the Ring Poem in Tengwar script. Any questions, please feel free to ask.
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