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    J. R. R. Tolkien - "The Lord of the Rings," Comprising "The Fellowship of the Ring, "The "Two Towers," and "The Return of the King," 1954, 1955 & 1955, London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. 8 vo, red cloth bindings with gilt lettering on spines, map of Middle Earth bound into the last page of each volume, each in excellent condition. The Fellowship of the Ring - Condition very good with impact dent at base of spine, no other discernible markings or tears. Dust jacket good to very good, with some spotting on front cover, and heavy discoloration to spine. Lower inside corner clipped. The Two Towers - Condition very good, with inscription on first inside page, "For Jimmy, Vol. 3 to follow, Bill." Impact dent to lower right corner. No other discernible markings or tears. Dust jacket good to very good, with some staining to bottom left front and heavy discoloration to spine. 1.5" tear on back cover. Lower inside corner clipped. The Return of the King - Condition very good, with minor impact dents to lower front and back corners. No other discernible tears or markings. Dust jacket good to very good with heavy discoloration to spine and lower inside corner clipped. Unquestionably Tolkien's masterwork, The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a landmark in English literature. One of the most beloved, and most influential, fantasy adventure novels ever written, the books have their roots in Tolkien's love of, and deep knowledge of, ancient Anglo-Saxon literature. Tolkien began work on the trilogy once it became apparent that his first book, The Hobbit, was a success, but it would be nearly twenty years before The Fellowship of the Ring saw publication. Certainly Tolkien's most ambitious work, the trilogy has inspired countless artists, writers and filmmakers over the years, with Peter Jackson's brilliant film trilogy only the latest work to benefit from Tolkien's genius. Originally issued in a limited print run, first editions in dust jackets of these seminal works are increasingly hard to find. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire all three at once.

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