First EditionJ. R. R. Tolkien. The Return of the King. Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1955.
First edition, priority one per Hammond, with signature mark "4" at the base of page 49 and all lines on the page sagging in the middle. Octavo. 416 pages. Large folding map tipped in back. A slip of paper containing a printed facsimile inscription and signature of Tolkien is laid in.
Original red cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Top edge stained red. Light wear and soiling to binding; slight slant to textblock. Contents lightly toned (as usual), more so at the preliminary pages, but quite sound. Dust jacket bright with a small area of loss at the bottom corner, else book and dust jacket are in very good condition.
Laid in is a printed facsimile inscription and signature of Tolkien measuring 8.5 x 3 inches: "If you would like a signature for 'The Lord of the Rings,' you can stick this in with my good wishes J.R.R. Tolkien. 20.6.73."
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