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Seller: firstandfine
100.0% positive
Birmingham, GB
Ended Dec 7, 2019 11:08:30 AM
Category: Books, Comics & Magazines:Antiquarian & Collectable
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Condition: very good
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1953) ‘The Fellowship of the Ring – Being the First Part of the Lord of the Rings‘, UK uncorrected proof copy, published by George Allen & Unwin. Condition: very good with some creases to the front and rear brown wrappers as shown. The first few pages have a diagonal crease to the top corner. Clean throughout with pencil pagination correction to pages 16 and 21. Top right of the brown wrapper shows “Not less than 21/- / nor more than 25/-” in pencil – this has been written on all proof copies by the publisher. Typed slip with title and author’s name on front wrap, done by the publisher. A pencil annotation on the half-title explains that the proof preceeds the first edition. Dated September 1953, the uncorrected proof predates the publication of the first edition by almost a year (the first impression was published in July 1954). The uncorrected proof also differs from the first edition as it not only features several errors that were later corrected, but also it does not contain Tolkien’s illustrations which were later added. It is not known with absolute certainty how many ‘Fellowship’ proof copies were printed and bound by Jarrold. Some have assumed that 35 would be the most likely figure as this was the quantity recorded for the proof of ‘The Two Towers’ and of ‘The Return of the King’, the second and third volumes in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy respectively. Hammond and Scull, in contrast, note that ‘a good guess’ would be between 20 and 24 copies. How many copies have survived the passage of time is a totally different matter, and we can safely deduce that not many and certainly less than were produced. Back in the day proofs were meant to serve their intended job: to be proofread, corrected and discarded. Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings need no introduction. The most influential modern fantasy saga of the 20th century with growing reputation and influence with each passing decade. The Peter Jackson film adaptation has fueled Tolkien-mania even more. Consequently LOTR first editions have steadily climbed in value, and the proofs, being so rare, are one of the most coveted and valued printed paper of 20th century literature. First and Fine
Submitted by: Urulókë
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