The Lord of the Rings, Paperback Book Boxset from 1972; 3 volumes in Barabara Remmington Slipcase.
This is a Delphin Edition by Houghton Mifflin with Ballantine Books.
This set includes: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
The Fellowship of the Ring is the 38th printing, August 1972, Ballantine paperback.
The Two Towers is the 35th printing, November 1972, Ballantine paperback.
The Return of the King is the 35th printing, November 1972, Ballantine paperback.
SBN's 345-01533-9-095, 345-01534-7-095 and 345-01535-5-095. Paperbacks. Issued in a slipcase.
Slipcase and cover art by Barbara Remmington. The slipcase carries number 59224-285.
Ballantine Books hurriedly issued the first authorized paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings in the United States in 1965, in response to the illegally issued Ace Paperbacks edition. The covers stated "The Authorized Edition of the Famous Fantasy Trilogy."
The foreword was extended to include a few words about purchasing this edition "and no other" as a "courtesy to living authors."
This edition features the psychedelic cover artwork by Barbara Remington which was a triptych spread across the three volumes of the set. The artwork was actually an extension of the painting that was done for Ballantine's paperback edition of The Hobbit which Tolkien made such a fuss about because of the lion, emus, and the "tree with bulbous fruit."
The back covers feature reviews from the New York Herald Tribune Book Week and a "Statement from the Author about this American Edition."
These paperback books are in very good condition. With some bumps, rubbing to the corners. All three show signs to the spine of being read.
The slipcase has seen better days, with some rubbing and bumps to corners, so showing some color loss, especially to the back (top part).
Some rubbing to bottom and the top paper a bit loose. Some bumps and loss to the front corners of the slipcase and stains on the top.
A nice Ballantine paperback set of The Lord of the Rings, with the famous art by Barbare Remmington on covers and slipcase.