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    Early Printings of The Lord of the Rings

    J. R. R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings, including:
    The Fellowship of the Ring. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954. First edition, second impression. Clipped signature of Tolkien tipped-in at title page. Octavo. 423 pages plus map attached to rear flyleaf . Red cloth with gilt spine titles. Bottom edge of boards is lightly shelfworn. "4" at the bottom of page 49. Second impression dust jacket priced "21s net" has a half-inch and a one-inch tear to rear panel. [and:] The Two Towers. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954. First edition, second impression. Octavo. 352 pages plus map attached to rear flyleaf. Red cloth with gilt spine titles. Slight lean to spine and bottom edge of boards is lightly shelfworn. Endpapers are toned and page edges have scattered foxing. Second impression dust jacket priced "21s net" has light foxing to edges and spine, and some minor wear to the extremities. [and:] The Return of the King. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1955. First edition, first impression, second state according to Hammond and Anderson. Octavo. 423 pages plus map attached to rear flyleaf. Red cloth with gilt spine titles. Bottom edge of boards is lightly shelfworn with scattered foxing to endpapers and page edges. First impression dust jacket priced "21s net" has light foxing to edges and spine. A remarkably clean, attractive trio. The set in better than very good condition and housed in a custom slipcase.


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