A 4 volume set of the 'only authorized' paperback's, published by ballantine in 1965 and 1966.
This set consists of The 1st Printing of The Hobbit, along with a 1st Printing Set of The Lord of the Rings in a custom slipcase. The case features gilt stamps to the side panels, and a gilt stamped "signature" to the rear panel.
The Hobbit is the 1st Printing of August 1965, The Fellowship of the Ring is the 1st Printing of October 1965, The Two Towers is the 1st Printing of November 1965, and The Return of the King is the 1st Printing of December 1965.
These are all in excellent condition, with a few light rubs to the tips of the covers on the Return. Remarkable condition considering their age, very little age toning to the pages, unlike the norm.
The set of Lord of the Rings books has the Barbara Remington Triptych artwork, which Tolkien objected to, wondering where the idea's for the illustrations originated. These books are the answering salvo of the "War over Middle- Earth", between ballantine and Ace Publishers.
To establish a new copyright, Tolkien was asked to submit new material to create a new Edition, and so secure their copyright beyond question.
Tolkien conducted a personal campaign against Ace Books in letters to his American fans.The "War over Middle-earth' was fought in the popular press, with the publicity contributing to increased sales and popularity. Within a year, Ace gave in to public pressure. They agreed to print no more copies, and they negotiated royalties to be paid to Tolkien.
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