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Two Towers 1st/1st?

Subject: Two Towers 1st/1st?
by Makabee on 2008/10/14 10:38:35

Hello,

I hope you all can answer a question for me.

I was digging through a box of books I picked up several years ago and came a cross an old copy of The Two Towers. Doing some research, I found it is a 1st US edition.

My question is, how can I tell if it's the first printing?

The title page has Houghton Mifflin as the publisher dated 1955. On the back side of the title page it says Copyright 1954, first printed in the US 1955. At the bottom is says Printed in Great Britian.

I read that although the first printing was done in Nov. 1954, the American copies hadn't been bound until 1955.

It doesn't mention anything else in the way of determining which printing it is.

I'm no collector so keep the jargon to a dull roar or you'll confuse me and make my head hurt.

I'm so excited! I feel like I just found some buried treasure in my own closet!

David