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Seller: wwwferedayfirstcom (1360)
100.0% positive
London, GB
Ended Apr 22, 2019 11:02:48 AM
Category: Books, Comics & Magazines:Antiquarian & Collectable
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This first edition set of books includes: 1st Edition 6th impression of the fellowship of the ring (however has a seventh impression sleeve which is known to happen at print run overlaps) 1st Edition 5th impression of the two towers 1st Edition 3rd impression of the return of the king These books were printed in 1957, the quality of the books is excellent. The slipcase having protected them very well. However the dust cover sleeves have been subjected to general wear on the spines (see pics). These books are in a slipcase with no staples or visible join. The board is 2mm thick. This means it must be a very rare first edition, first state slipcase which matches the 6th, 5th 3rd impressions which were included in the first state slipcased edition. To date, very little information has been published regarding the First Boxed Edition of The Lord of the Rings. The snippets that are known have been supplied by Wayne G. Hammond: Beginning in Autumn 1957, the Allen & Unwin Edition was sold both as separate volumes and as a set J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography, p.98 Construction of the Slipcase - (Thanks to Neil Holford of Tolkienbooks) The details of the design of the slipcase were modified regularly throughout the life of the First Boxed Edition. Allen & Unwin and Jarrolds were trying to balance the need for a robust slipcase against need to keep costs to a minimum - the boxed sets retailed at the same price as the three volumes on their own. [The cost of making 500 slipcases and insertion of the three volumes was usually £23 - or roughly one shilling per set] Essentially there were three basic designs utilised for the boxes. The first design was used from 1957 until 1960 (First to Fourth States). This used three pieces of board - a single piece formed the side and rear panels, and smaller pieces were used for the top and base. These were held together by the covering material - paper or linson. This type of construction is susceptible to splitting along the joins on the top and bottom edges, especially in the paper covered variants. The board used for the first state slipcase appears to have been very thin, in contrast, the board used for the second, third and fourth state boxes was quite substantial (~2mm thick). For the fifth and sixth state slipcases, a relatively thin board was used again (~1mm thick). The second design was used from around December 1960 until mid-1961 (the Fifth State). This used a single piece of board that was folded to form the slipcase. The overlapped panels and flaps were stapled at each corner of the top and base panels - this leaves a visible join inside the slipcase that runs down the centre of the top and base panels. These books are in a slipcase with no staples or visible join. The board is 2mm thick. This means it must be a very rare first edition, first state slipcase.
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