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Ended Dec 8, 2021 3:02:04 PM
Category: Books, Comics & Magazines:Antiquarian & Collectable
Buyer: n***o (3368)
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Condition: Case is still solid although worn after 50 years. Jackets average for age. Books are in good to very good condition.
This is a First Edition of the complete three volumes in their case. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 10th Impression (1961), The Two Towers is a 7th Impression (1960) and The Return of the King is also a 7th Impression (1961). There has been one owner since purchase in 1961. All have been been read twice (except for the Appendices in The Return of the King - only once), and so the volumes are in very good condition generally. The maps inside the back covers are perfect. The 'wear' on the spine of volume 1 is due to light when the dust jacket was torn. The books were part of a prize and there are prize labels on the inside of the front cover of all volumes as well as a St John's College, Cambridge shield gilt embossed on the outside of the three front covers (see the photos). The bookshop (Bowes & Bowes of Cambridge, sadly closed in 1986) has put a sticker near the bottom of the inside cover of all volumes. The case is still substantial but worn from being involved in house moving several times. All three volumes are bound in red cloth with gilt spine titles and a decorative red top edge. All three books have bindings in good condition and are free from any obvious structural wear, beyond light rubbing. The pages are in good to very good condition, hardly at all yellowed with age, and without tears, damage or heavy foxing. The jackets are the originals and not bad considering their age. The spines are pretty worn but the front and rear panels are relatively good with little wear and tear. That of The Fellowship of the Ring has a piece missing at the bottom of the spine and to the left (see the photos). All of the jackets retain their price marks of 21 Shillings and their corresponding impressions.
Submitted by: Mr. Underhill