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#000488 - The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - 1st Folio Society Impressions 1976 & 1977 Near Fine - SOLD
A very nice set of first editions of Tolkien primary classics of fantasy literature. The set is housed in the original publishers slipcase, showing only the lightest of wear to the edges, a few strays marks to the case.
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The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, 1st Impression Folio Society Edition.
A beautiful set of the 1st printings by the Folio Society, consisting of the 1976 Folio/Deluxe 'The Hobbit', and the 1977 Folio 'Lord of the Rings'.


The Hobbit is in Very Good Plus/Near Fine condition with original publishers slipcase.
This is the only printing of the 1st Folio Edition, with the Folio 1979 maroon colored edition being the 2nd printing of the Folio edition (per Hammond). However, the Folio Society misbound a very few of the first printings in 1976, that have the original Allen & Unwin Deluxe Title page.

This Title page does state "Folio Society" as it should, and the rest of the text block is identical to the 1976 A&U Deluxe edition.
Per Hammond, the FS was to take the Deluxe edition papers and remove certain pages from the beginning (title page, copyright pg, etc) and replace them with the Folio pages.

However, some very few of the books were bound by the Folio Society with all of the original Deluxe pages included and not replaced with Folio pages, but with the binding being the Folio format. Gilt is still bright and untarnished on this book.
Most minor of scuffing to leather on the spine and some shelfwear to the exterior of the slipcase.

The Lord of the Rings.
This is the first printing by the Folio Society, dated 1977, of J.R.R. Tolkien's, The Lord of the Rings.

Features the light grey quarter leather binding, with gilded labyrinth design by Jeff Clements, in Near Fine unscuffed condition.
"SET IN 11 POINT BARBOU LEADED I POINT WITH LIBRA FOR DISPLAY"
"AND PRINTED BY W & J MACKAY LIMITED ON GUARD BRIDGE SILVER CITY PAPER"
"BOUND BY W & J MACKAY LIMITED IN QUARTER BASIL WITH SCHOLOCO COLORETA CLOTH SIDES"
"BLOCKED WITH A SPECIAL DESIGN BY JEFF CLEMENTS".

A fine set of this scarce printing.
Features maps as endpapers in all three books.
No names, inscriptions, or any marks of any type, in any of the books.
Very likely unread.

A very nice set of first editions of Tolkien primary classics of fantasy literature. The set is housed in the original publishers slipcase, showing only the lightest of wear to the edges, a few strays marks to the case.

All interior pages are very clean and bright, with no foxing, and with no writing or signatures.
Beautiful looking set of the 1st printing by the Folio Society.

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