The Lord of the Rings

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The Lord of the Rings. George Allen & Unwin, 1954/1955

1st edition/1st impression

Fellowship of the Ring:

A true very rare first edition/ first impression with only 3,000copies printed in July 1954. Original red boards and unrestored. The spine is faded but gold embossed print still visible. There are as expected a few marks on the boards and spine particularly on the corners but overall boards are fairly flat.

The pages within are generally clean with no inscriptions or tears and the map at the rear is very bright and I suspect hardly opened. The title page has the ‘1954’date, the map has the red dot near to ‘Umbar’ and all other first impression points noted.  There is some foxing to first and last blank pages and the edges of last text page but remainder are clear, odd shallow corner creases.    

The Two Towers:

The second true first edition/ first impression with only 3,250 copies printed in 1954. Original red boards and once again totally unrestored. The spine is faded and marked/stained and there are a number of marks on the boards including some rubbing and splits to top and bottom of spine.  

Inside there is a faint Australia? book store stamp to front board (15x40mm) and some foxing throughout, more prominent on first blank pages and towards the rear of the book although the map appears unmarked and very clean and fresh.  The pages within are otherwise generally clean with no inscriptions or tears and just a small pen mark on last page. The title page has the ‘1954’date.    

The Return of the King

The final part is also a first edition/ first impression with only 7,000copies printed in October 1955. This has the best original red boards and like the others is totally unrestored. The spine is lightly faded but gold lettering still visible. Boards clean with minor marks and creased spine edges.  

The pages within are generally clean with no inscriptions foxing or tears and the map at the rear is very bright and I suspect hardly opened. The title page has the ‘1955’date and all other first impression points noted including on page 49 the number 4 and usual dropped text.  There is some foxing to first and last blank pages and the edges of last text page but remainder are clear.

 

All the books have quality facsimile jackets in a protective removable cover and these are included in sale.*

The Two Towers. George Allen & Unwin, 1954

1st edition!

First edition, first impression. Hardback in red cloth (no discolouration, no damage). Lettering on the spine in gold. Top and bottom of the spine is slightly dented. Last flyleaf slightly foxed. Binding still firm. Dustjacket is missing. A scharp and neat copy.

The Return of the King. George Allen & Unwin, 1955

First edition, second impression. Bound in red cloth. Lettering on the back in gold. Flyleafs slightly discoloured. Top and bottom spine slightly dented. Dustjacket somewhat worn and discoloured. Includes map.*

The Lord of the Rings. HoughtonMifflin, 1954-1955

First American edition!

Set of three hardbacks of the first edition, first impression. The books are in fine condition; no damage or stains. Tops and bottoms of the spines are slightly worn and dented. Firm bindings.

The dustjacket of volume 1 and 2 have slight damage along the edges and are slightly worn at the front. Price clipped. The dustjacket of volume 3 is the best of the three with only slightly worn edges.

A nice and complete set, very difficult to find.*

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The Lord of the Rings. George Allen & Unwin, 1956

Three hardbacks with covers by Tolkien. Part one is the fifth impression, December 1956. Part two is the fourth impression 1956. Part three is the second impression, November 1955. All complete with dustjackets. Antiquarian: fine condition (dustjackets very good condition. Browned, especially the spines of the dustjackets. Tops and bottom of the dustjackets small bits missing, of part 1 the bottom of the dustjacket 6.5 cm is missing).*

The Lord of the Rings. A&U, 1957

George Allen & Unwin, 1957 set wihout the dustjackets.

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first edition, seventh printing from 1957. The red cloth is rubbed to the edges and corners. Pages clean and bright. Fold-out map in the back in fine condition. Binding thight.

The Two Towers is the first edition, fifth impression form 1957. The red cloth is in a fine condition, with a square fading shadow on the front and a small stain on the spine. The paper is in excellent, unfaded condition. Binding thight. Small owner's stamp on first fly-leaf.

The Return of the King is the first edition, third impression from January 1957. The red cloth is in fine condition, with a square fading shadow on the front and slight fadiing to the spine. The paper is in excellent, unfaded condition. Binding thight. Small owner's stamp on the first fly-leaf. Fold-out map in the back in fine condition.*

The Lord of the Rings. HoughtonMifflin, 1965

Set of three hardbacks with dustjackets in a spotted design. Part 1 is the 11th printing, part 2 and 3 the 10th. In a black slipcase. Antiquarian: fine condition without damage.*

The Lord of the Rings. George Allen & Unwin, 1965

Set of hardbacks with dustjackets. Part 1 is the 14th impression from 1965, part 2 and 3 are both the 11th impression from 1965. Antiquarian: fine condition (no tears in the dustjackets, spines dustjackets browned).*

The Lord of the Rings. George Allen & Unwin, 1965 (15de)

Set of hardbacks with dustjackets. Part 1 is the 15th impression from 1966, part 2 and 3 are both the 11th impression from 1965. Antiquarian: fine condition (no tears in the dustjackets, corners slightly dented, some foxing).*

The Lord of the Rings. Ace, 1965

Paperback. 1st edition. Covers and title page illustrations by Jack Gaughan. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine part 1 faded, books still thight, no wrinkles).

Tolkien always refused to have The Lord of the Rings published in paperback. The American publisher Ace brought out these cheap paperbacks without asking for permission, making The Lord of the Rings available to the masses. The uproar about this illegal edition made Tolkien's name, and now his official publishers had no choice to ussue paperback editions as well. So this Ace book started it all.*

 

The Lord of the Rings. George Allen & Unwin, 1966

Revised, Second Edition

Three hardbacks with grey dustjackets with a Tolkien design. these are the first printing of the rrevised, second edition. Antiquarian: very good condition (a bit of flaking of the paint on the dustjackets, some fraying at the edges of the dustjackets.)*

The Lord of the Rings. Ballantine, 1968

18th/15th/15th printing, all July 1968. Set of three paperbacks with covers by Brem (Barbara Remington). In a red slipcase, illustrated in b&w by Brem. Antiquarian: very good condition (books are very tight and undamged, slipcase has some wear).*

The Lord of the Rings. George Allen & Unwin, 1970

Revised, Second Edition

Three hardbacks with grey dustjackets with a Tolkien design. these are the fifth impression of the revised, second edition (1966). Antiquarian: very good condition (a bit of flaking of the paint on the dustjackets, spine jackets browned, some fraying at the edges of the dustjackets.)*
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The Lord of the Rings. George Allen & Unwin, 1974

4th impression India Paper edition

This is the very classy deluxe edition of Tolkien's classic, printed on India paper. The book comes complete in its original box, in very good to fine condition, with extremely clean pages. The binding is tight and the corners sharp. The gilt and silver decoration shines. The outer box is rubbed with a split to two corner *

The Lord of the Rings. Unwin Books, 1974 (30/11)

Set of three paperbacks with covers by Tolkien. All three volumes are the second impression. Includes paper slipband. Antiquarian: very good condition (spines faded).*

The Lord of the Rings. Unwin Paperbacks, 1974

Set of three paperbacks with on the covers a ringdesign by Tolkien. In a decorated, green slipcase. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

The Lord of the Rings. George Allen & Unwin, 1974

Three hardbacks, all 9th impression of the Second, Revised Edition. On the dustjackets a ringdesign, made by Tolkien. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

The Lord of the Rings. Revised, Second Edition

George Allen & Unwin. Mixed set of the revised, second edition. Three hardbacks. The Fellowship is the second impression (1967), Two Towers the ninth from 1974, the Return the 13th from 1985. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

The Lord of the Rings. George Allen & Unwin, 1978

Three hardbacks, the 10th, 9th and 9th impression of the Second Edition. On the dustjackets a ringdesign, made by Tolkien. Antiquarian: fine condition (books a bit dusty, a waterstain on the top edge of book 1, dustjackets very bright and clean).*

The Lord of the Rings 25th Anniversary Collection, 1979

Unwin Paperbacks, 1979

Set of three pockets with on the covers a ringdesign from Tolkien. In a silver/black slipcase with an illustrated 16 page booklet on the anniversary. Antiquarian: very good condition.

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Ballantine, 1983

Four paperbacks in a slipcase. Covers and decorations by Darrell Sweet. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

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The Return of the King. Garland cover. 1985

Unwin Paperbacks, 1986. Paperbacks with cover by Roger Garland. Antiquarian: very good condition (spine slightly faded).*

The Lord of the Rings. George Allen & Unwin, 1982 deluxe

 

George Allen and Unwin., 1982. 8th impression of the 1969 Deluxe edition INDIA PAPER edition. Three volumes in one. Original black cloth with gilt titles and illustration to the front and spine, in publisher’s slipcase. A very good copy of the book, the boards are somewhat worn and faded. The contents are entirely complete with no loose or torn pages and no inscriptions or stamps. Binding a bit weak. The original publisher’s slipcase is in one piece with wear to the edges as expected. A lovely complete example of the scarce India Paper edition.*

The Lord of the Rings. George Allen & Unwin, 1985 deluxe

 

George Allen and Unwin., 1985. Tenth impression of the 1969 Deluxe edition INDIA PAPER edition. Three volumes in one. Original black cloth with gilt titles and illustration to the front and spine, in publisher’s slipcase. A FINE copy of the book, the boards remain clean and bright and the corners sharp. The contents are entirely complete with no loose or torn pages and no inscriptions or stamps. There are no creases to any of the pages and the binding remains square and tight. The original publisher’s slipcase is in one piece with wear to the edges as expected. A lovely complete example of the scarce India Paper edition.*

Hobbit & Lord of the Rings in slipcase. 1987

Unwin Paperback, 1987. Set of four paperbacks, all with covers by Roger Garland. In a slipcase, illustrated by Roger Garland. Antiquarian: very good condition (books tight, spines faded).*

The Lord of the Rings - Alan Lee. HarC, 1991

HarperCollins. Singe hardback edition with 50 full-page colour illustrations by Alan Lee. 4th edition in this form. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

The Lord of the Rings. HougthonMifflin, 1993

27th priting. Three hardbacks in a decorated slipcase. Covers by Alan Lee. Antiquarian: as new (slight rubbing on the slipcase).*

The Lord of the Rings. HarC, 1993

HarperCollns, 1993. 6/7/7th printing. Set of three paperbacks. Covers by John Howe. Antiquarian: fine condition.*
artwork of the cover

The Lord of the Ring. SF Book Club, 1994

Single hardback, published by HoughtonMifflin for the Science Fiction Book Club. Cover by Donato. The matching edition of The Hobbit is also listed in this catalogue.*

The Lord of the Rings. HarperCollins, 1995

Single paperback edition. Cover by John Howe (Gandalf walking through the rain). Antiquarian: good condition (creases in cover)*

The Lord of the Rings. Quality Paperback Book Club, 1995

Set of three paperbacks, with covers by Beards/Elias. Each volume has a folded map. Books are new, but have some dented corners.*

The Fellowship of the Ring. HarperCollins, 1996

Large-size paperback with illustrations by Alan Lee. 1st edition in this form. Single part from the set which -in slipcase- is also available from The Tolkien Shop. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

The Two Towers. HarperCollins, 2002

Hardback. 1st edition. Illustrated by Alan Lee.*
Hobbit and Silmarillion are sold seperately

The Lord of the Rings. Folio Society, 1997

Set of three hardbacks (no dustjackets issued) in a slipcase. Reprint. The books are illustrated in b&w by Ingahild Grathmer (the Queen of Denmark no less....) and Eric Fraser. The matching The Hobbit is also available from us.*

The Lord of the Rings. HoughtonMifflin, 1997

Set of three paperbacks with dustjackets, designed by Alan Lee.

The Lord of the Rings in 3 hardbacks - Lee

HoughtonMifflin, 1994

Three hardbacks illustrated by Alan Lee in a decorated slipcase.*

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Collins Modern Classics, 2001

Set of 4 paperbacks with covers by John Howe. In a decorated slipcase.

The Fellowship of the Rings. Voyager Classics, 2001

Set of 3 paperbacks with blue covers and silver lettering. The parts are also sold seperately for 14.95 euro each.

The Lord of the Rings. HarperCollins, 2002

Set of three large-size paperbacks with covers designed by Tolkien.*

The Lord of the Rings in black pockets

HarperCollins, 2001

Set of three black pockets in a black slipcase. On the covers a design by Tolkien.*