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Re: Two Towers 1st/1st?
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Sadly, It was very difficult, the first Houghton Mifflin Impression of The Two Towers was issued in April 1955 and was only 1000 copies, so probably the scarcest of all the Tolkien First Impressions. The pre-1960 copies of the HM book lack printing data on the Title Page.

You need to look at Steven M. Frisby's article in The Tolkien Collector (No 21) to work it out, lot of steps to go through as HM did not easily identify the editions, six steps to check including the Dust-Jacket.

Posted on: 2008/10/14 10:56


Two Towers 1st/1st?
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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

Posted on: 2008/10/14 10:38


Re: TOLKIEN CALENDAR COLLECTING
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I like that... would buy it right away, but leave the honors for Parmastahir. If he is not interested, I am! Love limited prints...

Posted on: 2008/10/14 2:58


Re: TOLKIEN CALENDAR COLLECTING
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Hi Parmastahir,

I saw this on ebay and thought it may interest you.

ebay link

Dior

Posted on: 2008/10/14 2:45


Re: Tolkien signature
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Bloomsbury have stated that they can't cancel the Ebay auction or remove the entry from there web site, for 'technical reasons' but it will register as not being sold.

Posted on: 2008/10/14 1:45



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