The Nature of Middle-earth
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255064912143
Seller: andrew323
(1662)
100.0% positive
Bristol, GB
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Ended Aug 3, 2021 10:36:28 AM
Category: Books, Comics & Magazines:Antiquarian & Collectable
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Buyer: o***y (65)
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Condition: A very early set including a second printing of The Return of the King from November 1955 and a sixth printing of The Fellowship of the Ring from December 1956 with repairs to their dustjacket spines.
A vintage first edition set of J. R. R. Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, dating from 1955-6 & 1961 with very good books and about good to good plus original dustjackets. The Fellowship of the Ring, 6th printing 1956; The Two Towers, 8th printing 1961; The Return of the King, 2nd Printing 1955. This venerable and intriguing set has the signature of a previous owner on each front endpaper. It was probably assembled by this owner from very early copies of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King that appear to have been bought together maybe as early as 1956 with the addition of an originally separate 8th impression of The Two Towers from 1961. All the folds of the dustjackets were then reinforced with Sellotape on the jacket rears (except for two pieces on the front spine of The Fellowship). All this Sellotape is now removed, but it has left some dry residues and caused damage to the spines of the dustjackets of the two older books, which has required some more recent repairs to their rears. Published in London by George Allen & Unwin and bound in scarlet cloth with gilt lettering to the spine and Tolkien’s fold-out red and black maps of Middle-earth mounted on the rear endpapers. Jacket designs and all illustrations are by the author. These books were adapted into perhaps the most famous trilogy of movies of the 21st century to date and are regularly cited as the greatest fictional writings ever in public polls. The continuing interest in Tolkien’s works is exemplified by Amazon’s new series set in Tolkien’s Middle-earth in its Second Age. Will be posted in bubblewrap and cardboard layers to preserve their condition. Dustjackets will be protected in removable clear cellophane when delivered. These clear protectors were removed for the images of the spread-out jackets, but are in place in all the other photos where the dustjackets are shown. CONDITION The Fellowship of the Ring: the book is very good and complete and intact with slightly dusty looking boards and an 8mm scratch to the cloth in the lower left of the rear board. Light brown splashes or foxing to a few leaves in the Prologue (see photo), but looking little read overall. Note that the statement that this is the 5th printing on the copyright page is a well-known error by the publisher and the statement on the flap of the dustjacket that it is a sixth impression is in fact correct. Nevertheless, the early date of December 1956 is correct. The dustjacket is repaired from the rear with strips of paper. The spine was previously virtually detached from the front and rear panels. About an inch at the top and bottom of the spine were missing and have been patched with pieces from another Lord of the Rings first edition jacket. The Two Towers: the book is very good plus and the dustjacket would be very good plus except for the use of Sellotape to reinforce its folds on its rear, which faintly shows through to the front of the jacket. The Return of the King: the book is very good and complete and intact with slightly dusty looking boards and some slight fading near the lower spine. Note that this book was published only a month after the first printing in November 1955. In common with the 3rd and 4th printings of this book, the jacket has the Second Impression statement on its spine instead of on the front flap and it is important to note that that statement is still present and intact. The dustjacket is repaired from the rear with strips of paper. The spine was previously detached from the rear panel down its rear fold and some narrow areas running down the rear fold of the spine have been patched with pieces from another Lord of the Rings first edition jacket. An opportunity to own a first edition set with very early books inexpensively.
Submitted by: Mr. Underhill
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