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An extraordinary set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. #000647 - 1st UK Lord of the Rings with dustjackets, 2nd/1st/1st impressions - sold
An extraordinary set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature.

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The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Published by George Allen & Unwin, 1954/54/55 1st UK Edition set with each book in its original dustjacket.


The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2nd impression, dated December 1954, less than 6 months after the 1st impression was released.
The 2nd impression is significant for the errors introduced when the printers hurriedly reset the type to fill the 2nd order, without the publishers knowledge.
Having broken down the original typeset, they reset the type, without offering proofs or even ackowledging it had been reset.
Introducing numerous errors to the text, as well as incorporating a few of Tolkien's corrections.
Many of the errors have remained in print until the latest revisions for the 50th Anniversary of publication.

The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954.
One of 2250 printed for the UK edition.

The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955.
This copy is the 1st State, as per Hammon & Anderson, with the signature mark '4' and having the slipped type on page 49.
Correspondence with Wayne Hammond has indicated he has revised his original definition of the 1st state, from what was described in the Tolkien Bibliography, making this the later state.
The dustjacket for the Return is the 1st State, without the blurbs on the rear flap.
All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition.

Both the Fellowship and Two Towers maps are 1st State with red dot off the coast of Umbar.

An extraordinary set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature.
All are very clean and bright, without foxing and only a slight amount of offsetting from the dustjackets flaps.
Previous owners name's in the Fellowship and Return, and a bookplate under the flap on the Two Towers.

The original boards are all clean and bright, with shiny gilt on the spines. The red topstain is quite faded on the first two books, while still clear on the Return.
The dustjackets are lightly soiled, with some fading to the red lettering on the spine, as well as the spines being lightly tanned from exposure.

None are price clipped.

One small split to upper rear fold on the Fellowship dustjacket, no other loss or tears noted.

The Two Towers dustjacket shows some rubbing and minor loss to the top and bottom of the spine, no other loss noted.
The Return dustjacket has slightly more minor loss to the top and bottom of the spine, as well as closed tears to the upper & lower front flap fold area, with some tape reinforcement to the back of the dustjacket.

A beautiful set of First Editions of this classic of fantasy literature, with a custom marbled paper covered slipcase, to protect and house these 'precious' books.
 
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2nd 1st 1st Lord of the Rings set A one page handwritten letter and hand addressed envelope from J.R.R Tolkien to Donald Wollheim, Editor for Ace Books The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955. A beautiful set of First Editions of this classic of fantasy literature, with a custom marbled paper covered slipcase, to protect and house these 'precious' books.
the Fellowship of the Rings 2nd edition near fine edition of Fellowship of the Ring 2nd impression the two towers by J.R.R. Tolkien Near fine copy of 1st impression Two Towers All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition.
The Return of the King 1st impression near Fine first edition Return of the King This copy is the 1st State, as per Hammon & Anderson, with the signature mark '4' and having the slipped type on page 49. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition.  

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