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Seller: lincolnshire-old-books
100.0% positive
Ended May 3, 2021 5:50:00 PM
Category: Books, Comics & Magazines:Antiquarian & Collectable
Buyer: a***s (818)
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TOLKIEN J. R. R. : THE LORD OF THE RINGS Comprising THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS & THE RETURN OF THE KING. Readers Union/Allen & Unwin 1960 A very good clean set of the Tolkien's classic "The Lord of the Rings" - the first book club edition. There was only one readers union edition published in a run of approximately 2950 copies. All titles are complete with original dustwrappers. The device on the front of the wrapper is thought to show the eye of Sauron and the Towers. This is an original set and not a marriage of odd volumes. These books were produced by original publisher Allen & Unwin using the original Allen & Unwin sheets and switching the title to the shared imprint - "Readers Union and Allen & Unwin" . The dustwrapper artist is unknown & unrecorded. There is very little known about this edition but Tolkien's bibliographer notes that it was "...printed with the ninth impression [of the first edition]". The rings of power were crafted by Elven smiths. Sauron the Dark Lord forged the one ring with all his power so he could rule them all. But Sauron lost the ring and has sought it throughout the Kingdom of Middle-earth ever since. The ring falls by chance in "The Hobbit" to Bilbo Baggins of Bagend. Meanwhile, Sauron's power has increased many fold and he resides in the Dark Tower of Mordor but still searches for the ring to bind them all. Bilbo on his eleventy first birthday disappears leaving his worldly chattels including the ring to his cousin Frodo. A perilous quest results across Middle-earth along, with Gandalf the Wizard, Merry & Pippin, Sam, Gimli the dwarf, Legolas the Elf, and Boromir of Gondor to destroy the ring in the Cracks of Doom but they fall into the dark shadow of Mordor and the reach of Sauron! Three Rings for the Elven-Kings under the skySeven for the Dwarf-Lords in their halls of stoneNine for mortal men doomed to dieOne for the Dark Lord on his dark throneIn the Land of Mordor where the shadows lieOne ring to rule them all, One ring to find themOne ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn the land of Mordor where the shadows lie 8vo. Hardback All books in original brown cloth with gilt titles. Small dent to top of Fellowship front board. A few very small light marks to boards only. Clean cloth. Internally very clean indeed with no inscriptions. Original Allen & Unwin maps at rear clean & fresh. The original dustwrappers are present with some nicking to top corners of spine on Fellowship & a couple of small nicks on other wrappers. Usual toning to spine. Not price clipped with original 12snet price on all three volumes. A very good+ set of The Lord of the Rings. An early set from 5-6 years of Allen & Unwins production & a good & cheaper entry to an early original set without the £1000+ price tag. The dustwrappers will be loosely wrapped in white backed archival dustwrapper protector for their conservation.
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