|Publisher||GEORGE, ALLEN & UNWIN|
Allen & Unwin, 1954-1955. FIRST EDITION, 2nd, 2nd, 1st printings. Truly spectacular First Edition UK set. Stunning set of Allen & Unwin UK 1st Editions, a very rare find in this fabulous condition. The early impressions make this set an heirloom, to be cherished, and passed down the generations. This is one of the most beautiful original sets you may ever hope to acquire! An early set of the 1st UK Edition, Lord of the Rings, comprised of "The Fellowship of the Ring" - a 2nd impression, published in 1954, "The Two Towers" - a 2nd impression, published in 1955, and "The Return of the King" - a 1st impression, 1st state, published in 1955, by the master storyteller J.R.R. Tolkien. An absolutely gorgeous matched set, all with their correct and original dust jackets. The spines of all three dust jackets are not faded, with only the slightest mellowing and rubbing, which is almost unheard of in an early set like this. These books are all in Very Good Plus to Near Fine condition. All original maps are in Fine condition, with no tears or extra folds. Included with this set, a custom made slipcase, covered with hand marbled papers, to accent and protect these fine books. "The Fellowship of the Ring" is a beautiful copy. No writing or previous owners names, with the pages bright and clean, with no foxing or offsetting evident. The boards are exceptionally clean and bright, without bumps to the corners, and no shelf wear on the bottom edges of the boards. The gilt on the spine is clean and bright, shines like new. The top stain is only slightly faded as well. The 'Second Impression' dust jacket is price clipped, with no loss or chipping, showing virtually no fading or tanning to the spine. Slightest of rubbing to the folds, but overall very clean and bright. A Near Fine copy of this book, published in December 1954, less than 6 months after the First Impression was originally published. "The Two Towers" is also a wonderful looking copy. The slightest fading to the spine, with the top stain slightly faded, but the boards are still very clean and bright, with the gilt on the spine only slightly dulled. The boards show virtually no shelf wear on the bottom edges. Previous owners name the only writing on the FFEP, with some offsetting or foxing, the rest of the pages clean and bright. The gutter of the FFEP shows some slight cracking to the fold, but not detached. The 'Second Impression' dust jacket is not price clipped, faded, or tanned. The interior of the dust jacket has some archival reinforcement to the fold areas. Some slight rubbing to the folds, along with some wrinkles to the back panel, overall lightly soiled, but only the smallest loss or chips to the corners of the spine fold area (I have laid in color matched chips to show better). A Very Good Plus copy, in remarkable condition to be almost 50 years old. Has the 1955 date on the title page, signifying the true 2nd impression, not the 3rd that misidentifies itself as a 2nd but lacks the date on the title page. "The Return of the King", a true 1st Impression, is the final book of the trilogy. The Gilt and red boards are very clean and bright. No chips or loss to the dust jacket. Same previous owners name as the Two Towers, but no other writing in the book. No foxing or offsetting on the FEP's. The 1st impression dust jacket is not price clipped, faded or tanned, with only the lightest soiling overall. A Near Fine copy, 1st State, with the infamous slipped type and signature mark '4' on page 49. Rated as one of the top "100 Most Rapidly Appreciating Literary Titles of the Last Decade", by Firsts Magazine, in December 2001. These books, represent an excellent investment grade set of these hugely popular books.