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Re: Looking for two LOTR books without ISBN! Please help!
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Ah phooey, just a few months ago I donated about twenty sets of this edition to the library since I was moving. I will take a look around through the weekend and see if I can find another spare set I could send you.

In the meantime, to your most recent question:

Now, for seasoned collectors here, how do I go about collecting a specific edition without ISBN?


A good question, specifically for Lord of the Rings paperbacks - the copyright date did not change when the cover art did, so (as you have found), basing your shopping on this point will just as likely get you the wrong edition as the right one. Sometimes seeing the cover artist in the description will help - for example, there is only one edition with Barbara Remington cover art, so that helps in your case. Even using ISBN does not always help, as cover art (and sometimes text version!) changes with no change to ISBN.

Your best, most secure bet is to see the book in question - either images included in the listing (but be sure it doesn't say "stock photo"!) or by asking the seller to provide you an image of the actual book. For an inexpensive edition such as this one, eBay might be more useful as you can usually see exactly what you will be getting.

A quick search turned up these on eBay:

eBay Item #331450756760

eBay Item #151559121973

I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping in and asking.

Posted on: 1/21 11:25:44
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Re: Looking for two LOTR books without ISBN! Please help!
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Ah, now that explains it. Now, for seasoned collectors here, how do I go about collecting a specific edition without ISBN?

Posted on: 1/21 8:38:17


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ISBN was created in 1967 in the UK. So probably these American editions will not have the number.

Eduardo O.F.
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Re: Looking for two LOTR books without ISBN! Please help!
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Does this site help? I also think that ISBN came in in the early 70's so does not exist for books prior to that.

http://tolkien.skwishmi.com/guide/pbset.html

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Looking for two LOTR books without ISBN! Please help!
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Hello everyone,

My name is Will, and I am posting here for the very first time.

I have a small and modest collection of Tolkien's works, and recently acquired The Return of the King in a secondhand bookstore. To be specific, it is the first authorised US edition of The Lord of the Rings, published by Ballantine between 1965 and 1973. I managed to acquire the third book, and wanted to complete the collection with the purchasing of the first two.

However, I must have made a mistake on Abebooks.com, because they sent me the Ballantine edition published between 1981 and 1983. For reference purposes, here are the editions that I am referring to:

Ballantine, 1965-1973:
http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/wiwimod/index.php?page=BallantineLOTR1
Ballantine, 1981-1983:
http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/wiwimod/index.php?page=BallantineSweet1

I went through the copy of the Ballantine, 1965-1973 edition and I cannot seem to find the ISBN number. As such, I have been unable to purchase the first two books to complete the collection! It will be of tremendous help if someone here were to point me in the right direction! From my understanding, the particular edition that I want was released separately and in a box at the very same time, so maybe that's why my copy does not come with an ISBN? I have no idea how it works.

Please help! You are my only hope!

Posted on: 1/21 5:30:28



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