Ended Oct 25, 2023 10:26:10 AM
Category: Books, Comics & Magazines:Antiquarian & Collectable
Condition: The red cloth bindings are clean and in near fine condition. Gilded titles are still bright, binding is firm. Some very minor damage to the rear hinge of the cover of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ and to the spine bottom of ‘The return of the King’ has been professionally (almost invisible) restored by one of Europe's leading book restorers. Inside remarkable fresh and clean with hardly the brown spots you find in most copies any without names or inscriptions. The Dust Jackets of The Two Towers and The Return of the King have a slight spine fold from years of storage separately from the books, but thanks to the separate storage they have remained remarkably bright and fresh with exceptionally clear red lettering on the spine and hardly any damage or fading.
Beautiful set of the rare first edition, first impressions of The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954) and Return of the King(1955). The books were separately pubished in a printrun of 3.000, 3.250 and 7.000 copies.A Very Good+++/ Near Fine set. The dust jacket of Fellowship of the Rings is a fourth impression, the dust jackets of The Two Towers and The Return of the King are first impressions.The return of the King is the second state of the first printing, with "4" at the bottom of page 49, along with some dropped letters. This beautiful set comes in a masterfully crafted, full leather “Oxford Bodleian library style” slipcase with Tolkien’s embossed logo on the sides made by a multiple winner of the SOB International bookbinders "Historic Binding" competition.