Houghton Mifflin, 1977. FIRST EDITION, first printing, with full number line including “1.” Very good condition inside and out, former owner bookplate inside front cover. Original dust jacket, not price clipped. Brown cloth with bright gold gilt title and green gilt decoration on the upper cover and spine. Boards are clean and tight. Green endpapers. White dust jacket with color photo of Tolkien in an oval on the upper cover. Back panel of the jacket is plain with four lines of printing in black and green. Very minor wear to the edges of the jacket. The price is intact on the front flap of the jacket. This biography gives answers to many questions about Tolkien's life. The author is a friend of Tolkien's sons and daughters who provided him with access to documents, letters and photographs. A well written book. The authorized biography of the creator of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmariillion. Appendices include Simplified Genealogical Table of the Ancestry of J.R.R. Tolkien, Chronology of Events in the Life of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Published Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, Sources and Acknowledgements, and Index. Illustrated with many rarely seen photographs. 287 pages including Appendices.