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The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions with Original Dustjackets, and a Full Leather Custom Clamshell Case

#001092 - The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impressions with Original Dustjackets, and a Full Leather Custom Clamshell Case - $18,000.00


George Allen & Unwin, published in 1954, 1954, and 1955, the 1st UK Edition, 1st impressions.

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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 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.
All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, no tears or extra folds.
All three books are in the correct original dustjackets, with the Return of the King being the 1st State, lacking the blurbs to the rear flap. The Fellowship has a previous owners name to the front endpaper.
No other markings or writing noted an the other books.
The front and rear endpapers show a light amount of offsetting and some foxing to the edges and endpapers of the Two Towers, but none to the interior of any of the books.
The dustjackets are not price clipped, and they have minor rubbing and splits or loss to a few area's, mostly around the flap folds and spine fold areas.
The text blocks are all clean, bright and tight, without any internal foxing or markings.

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 date 1954 to the title page, and no other printings listed, indicating a true 1st Edition 1st Impression.
The book is in Very Good Plus condition, no spine lean or other faults noted.
Small previous owner's name to the front endpaper.
The gilt is bright and untarnished on the spine.
The boards are very clean and bright, with virtually no shelf wear on the bottom edge,
A couple of lightly bumped corners the only faults.
The dustjacket is unclipped and shows beautifully, with very little tanning, or light fading to the red lettering of the spine and only moderate soiling.
A beautiful, correct 1st impression dustjacket.

The Two Tower's - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, has the date 1954 to the title page, and no other printings listed, which would indicate a true 1st imp.
Book is in Very Good Plus condition. no name or other writing. with some very light offsetting on the endpapers. Shows a slight bit of foxing to the last page, opposite the map, which shows thru to the rear endpaper. The boards are very clean and bright, without any bumps to the corners, very little shelf wear on the bottom edges, and only minor wear to the spine tips. Gilt is still clean and bright.
The dustjacket is not clipped, and has light fading of the red lettering on the spine, and again is only lightly soiled. 
Some small chips, closed tears or wear to the edges, mainly at the spine tips, and only the smallest loss to the fold area's.
The original map is present, without any tears or extra folds, also has the 1st state point with the red dot off coast of Umbar.
A lovely copy, in its correct and original 1st impression dustjacket.

The Return of the King - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression,
the later state with the slipped type and signature mark '4' on page 49, as per Wayne Hammond's revised opinion.
No previous owners name or any other markings, a very light bit of foxing/offsetting on the endpapers. The boards are very clean and bright, one lightly bumped corner, and no shelf wear is evident. Gilt is again clean and bright. The 1st State dustjacket is not clipped, and is lightly tanned, and shows a little fading to the red lettering on the spine, and again is only lightly soiled. The map is present and in Near Fine condition, no extra folds or tears noted. 
A lovely example of the 1st impression book and original dustjacket.
A fantastic set of First Editions of this classic of fantasy literature, with a custom full leather clamshell case, to protect and house these 'precious' books.
The full Black Leather Clamshell features the Gates of Moria design to the triple spined case, with Tengwar title and Author to the front panel, with the large Ring and Eye design from the original dustjackets.
The rear features the JRRT Monogram gilt stamped to the center.

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