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#SDB001 - 1st UK Edition - 1st impressions with dustjackets - $14,000.00
George Allen & Unwin, published in 1954, 1954, and 1955, the 1st UK Edition, 1st impressions.
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 true 1st State, lacking the signature mark '4' and having the straight type on page 49. Correspondance with Wayne Hammond has indicated he has revised his original definition of the 1st state, from what was described in the Tolkien Bibliography, to this. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, a couple of foxing spots on the Fellowship map. All three books are in their original dustjackets, all have had professional restoration, and none have any names or markings in the books. The dustjackets are not price clipped. 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.
No writing or previous owners name, but has foxing/offsetting on the free endpapers. The dustjacket is not clipped, but tanned, with some light fading to the red lettering on the spine. Only the slightest amount of edgewear at the bottom of the spine. The dustjacket is unclipped. Light tanning of the spine and some light soiling. A beautiful, correct 1st impression dustjacket, with a little fading to the red lettering on the spine.

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. No previous owner's name or writing, but has foxing/offsetting on the free endpapers. Gilt is slightly tarnished, but still shows well. The dustjacket is not clipped, and has tanning on the spine, otherwise is only lightly soiled, again with a little fading to the red lettering on the spine. Virtually no chips or wear to the edges, and only the lightest rubbing, mainly at the fold of the flaps and tips of the spine. A lovely copy, in its correct and original 1st impression dustjacket.

The Return of the King - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, true 1st state without the slipped type and signature mark '4' on page 49, as per Wayne Hammond's revised opinion. No writing or previous owners name, but has foxing/offsetting on the free endpapers. The dustjacket is not clipped, but tanned, with some light fading to the red lettering on the spine. Only the slightest amount of edgewear at the bottom of the spine. The dustjacket is also the 1st State or issue, lacking the blurbs on the rear flap. A lovely example of the 1st impression book and original dustjacket.

A fantastic set of First Editions of this classic of fantasy literature, every true collectors "must have". 

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