The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
A four volume paperback set housed in the Publishers original Gold Foil pictorial slipcase, featuring the Heraldic symbols that were drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien.
This is one of the few published sets that includes all four books, The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.
The Hobbit is the 71st printing, November 1978, Ballantine paperback.
The Fellowship of the Ring is the 69th printing, August 1979, Ballantine paperback.
The Two Towers is the 64th printing, December 1978, Ballantine paperback.
The Return of the King is the 62nd printing, December 1978, Ballantine paperback.
ISBN's 0-345-27257-9, 0-345-27258-7, 0-345-27259-5 and 0-345-27260-9. Paperbacks. Issued in a slipcase.
Slipcase and cover art by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The slipcase Heraldic symbols include the ones designed to represent Feanor, Idril Celebrindal, Earendil, Luthien Tinuviel, Fingolfin, Elwe, Luthien Tinuviel and Finwe.
This is also the first set to feature the illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien, as the covers of the book and slipcase, rather then the Barbara Remington designs as found on previous issues.
These paperback books are in good condition, with some tanning to the covers. Rubbing and stains to the spines. The Hobbit is read the most.
The slipcase has rubs, mainly to the corners. Back at top and bottom of the slipcase the paper is ripped and has some loss.
Hammond and Anderson's, A Descriptive Bibliography notes that "after the 40th (March 1973) and no later than the forty-second (September 1973)", the Hobbit was sold in sets with the Lord of the Rings, housed "in a slipcase, gold (or blue, or red) printed paper over boards, featuring Heraldic devices by Tolkien." This design was used until 1983, when the covers were changed again. So this set is from that period.
A nice set of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, with the famous gold slipcase with Tolkien's Heraldic symbols.