Tolkien Library Store - Original Cloth Bindings - Lord of the Rings Original Bindings

The infamous Ace Books "pirated edition" from 1965.
The opening salvo of the "War over Middle- Earth".
A very nice matched set of this notorious edition.

This is the only paperback The Lord of the Rings to be printed based on later printings of the 1st Edition.
All others were based on the revised editions.

Houghton Mifflin, seemed to have been in technical violation of the law by having imported too many copies printed by Allen & Unwin.
Ace Books took notice of the sales and overseas production of the books, (which are marked, 'Printed in Great Britain'), determined that Lord of the Rings had fallen into the public domain in the United States, and launched their own edition in spring 1965.
{Hammond and Anderson, pg 104}
So to secure their American 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.

This set of books has yellowed pages from the highly acidic paper, and creasing to the spines. Some loss to the back at one corner, several stains and broken spines from reading.
Previous owner name to first free endpaper in The Return of the Ring, no other marks or writing noted.

A nice collectable but well read set of the infamous ACE Lord of the Rings editions.

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