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Auction Name: 2021 December 9 - 10 Rare Books Signature® Auction

Lot Number: 45095

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J. R. R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1954-1956. First American editions, Fellowship and King first impressions, Towers early impression. The Fellowship of the Ring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1954. First American edition, first impression, with first impression dust jacket. Octavo. 423, [1, blank] pages. Illustrated with a map of the Shire printed in red and black on page [25] and a large folding map of Middle-Earth, printed in black and red, mounted to rear pastedown and three text illustrations after Tolkien. Publisher's blue cloth lettered in gilt; original first impression illustrated dust jacket by Walter Lorraine, with the "d" in "Frodo" on the tenth line of the back-flap damaged and the photograph of Tolkien on the back panel trimmed straight along the bottom. Minor edgewear, head and foot of spine just pushed. Cream endpapers; minor soiling. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed, top edge stained yellow; text block edges with minor wear and soiling, small dampstaining to tail edges but not extending into text block. Dust jacket without price as issued; spine and edges sunned, chipping to head and foot of spine and corners with minor losses, small open tear to top edge of back panel, somewhat rubbed. Near fine book with very good dust jacket.

The Two Towers. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., no date [circa 1955]. First American edition, early impression with no imprint to the copyright page and a regular title page. Octavo. 352 pages. Illustrated with a large folding map of Middle-Earth, printed in black and red, mounted to rear pastedown. Publisher's blue cloth lettered in gilt; original early impression illustrated dust jacket by Walter Lorraine. Minor edgewear, head and foot of spine just pushed. Cream endpapers; minor soiling. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed, top edge stained yellow; top edge somewhat faded, text block edges with minor wear and soiling. Dust jacket unclipped ($5.00); spine and edges sunned, chipping to head and foot of spine and corners with minor losses, small dampstain to the bottom edge of the back panel, somewhat rubbed. Near fine book with very good dust jacket.

The Return of the King. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1956. First American edition, first impression, with cancel title page dated 1956 as issued. Octavo. 416 pages. Illustrated with a large folding map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor, printed in black and red, mounted to rear pastedown. Publisher's blue cloth lettered in gilt; original first impression illustrated dust jacket by Walter Lorraine. Minor edgewear, head and foot of spine just pushed. Cream endpapers; minor soiling. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed, top edge stained yellow; text block edges with minor wear and soiling. Dust jacket unclipped ($5.00; the dollar sign with two upright lines and the "5" noticeably larger and bolder than the remaining text); edges toned, chipping to head and foot of spine and corners with minor losses, somewhat rubbed. Near fine book with near fine dust jacket.

Frisby, Identifying First Edition Printings of the Houghton Mifflin Lord of the Rings Parts I, II, and III, 1999-2000; Hammond and Anderson A5b i, ii (our copy an early impression), iii. From the Gary Munson Collection

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