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The Lord of the Rings

by J. R. R. Tolkien

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London: George, Allen & Unwin, 1960-1961. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. 9.5" by 6". J. R. R. Tolkien. A complete set of early impressions of Tolkien's fantastical 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, with each volume retaining the publisher's original unclipped dust wrapper. A complete three volume set of early impressions of J. R. R. Tolkien's beloved trilogy of high fantasy novels. With 'The Return of the King' in its tenth impression, 1961, 'The Two Towers' in its seventh impression, 1960, and 'The Return of the King' in its seventh impression, 1961.With each volume in the publisher's original price unclipped dust wrapper, and with a folding map of Middle Earth to the rear of each volume.With the former owner's inscription of Charlie M. Cotton to the front free endpaper of each volume.An lovely collection of early editions of perhaps the most celebrated fantasy trilogy ever written, following Frodo, Aragorn, Gandalf and their associates in the quest to destroy the One Ring. In the publisher's original cloth binding, with price unclipped dust wrappers. Minor shelf wear to back strip heads and tails. Externally, exceptionally bright. Former owner's inscription to each front free endpaper. Dust wrapper back strips and front and rear wrap perimeters age toned. Light chipping to back strip heads of volumes I and III, with edge wear to head of volume II. Light mark to front wrap of volume III. Small closed tear to tail of volume I front wrap. Internally, firmly bound. Pages clean and bright. Near Fine


The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by philologist and Oxford University professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's earlier, less complex children's fantasy novel The Hobbit (1937), but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in stages between 1937 and 1954, much of it during World War II.  After the success of  The Hobbit , Tolkien’s publisher asked that he produce a sequel. Although written as one big work comprised of six books,  The Lord of the Rings  was broken into three separate volumes because of post-World War II paper shortages and size and price considerations. The print run of the first editions was very small: 3,000 copies for  The Fellowship of the Ring  (1954), 3,250 copies for  The Two Towers  (1954), and 7,000 copies for  The Return of the King  (1955).  The Lord of the Rings  went on to become one of the best-selling novels ever, with more than 150 million copies sold.

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On Aug 15 2020, a reader said:
This is one of the most engaging, enjoyable, and creative books I have ever read. The way Tolkien creates a new world from scratch, new languages, new races. It is a work of art. And the fact that this book can be enjoyed by young children and adults alike makes it stand out among the works of fiction that fill our libraries these days. I would recommend these books to anyone who has not already read them.

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