Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981. FIRST EDITION, First Printing. Very good condition, black cloth with gilt titles and decoration Original dust jacket not price clipped, closed tears, creases and chips on edges. Former owner gift inscription. Edited by Humphrey Carpenter, with the assistance of Christopher Tolkien. A great copy of Tolkien's selected letters, 354 letters from J. R. R. Tolkien are included in this selection edited by his official biographer with assistance from Tolkien's own son Christopher. Letters containing pertinent information about his writing were given top priority as well as letters that showed Tolkien's wide variety of interests outside the literary world. These letters, too, reveal the private man and the family man. Increasingly scarce edition with very small initial press run. 463 pages.