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Category: Books, Comics & Magazines:Antiquarian & Collectable
Condition: As new
1977 Allen & Unwin, As-new. UK 1st/1st First edition with no price on the flap indicating the international edition. These are now quite rare. Fine book and jacket. Very slight fading to jacket spine title colour, but as good as they get. With the Amazon films part base on material from The Silmarillion, there's renewed interest from collectors. As with most Tolkien books it is easy to determine the first printing which are not that rare as 1st/1st. They were printed in large numbers. What is rare, which applies to most contemporary books, is finding one in fine condition, book and dust jacket. In fact those in only good or poorer condition or the common Bookclub editions will have little value, other than reading copies. The books have to be fine, but the dust jackets in particular have to have no tears or damage and the spine title colour has to be true, not faded, matching the cover colours. In fact we price our copies purely on this basis. The first edition books are all the same, but the dust jackets have a variation of a UK edition with £4.95 price or international edition with no price in which there were far fewer copies printed. USA had its own first edition as did other language publishers. Bookstores clip the price on "seconds", new books sold at a discount, though in a few cases it's thought prices are sometimes clipped when given as a gift. The question then is can you tell the difference between clipped UK and clipped international dust jacket? No, thus unclipped is the only ay you can tell. We believe all newer printings/ editions of Tolkien books will not be rare. Any value as collectibles will come do to them being in as-new, fine condition, no marks, damage or alterations. As books do age, the spines colours fade and some become mouldy, finding fine condition copies will be more difficult. We have been a professional Tolkien dealer for over 20 years. We sell on several sites, not just Ebay and items can end at any time. Buy now! All our photos are the actual item!