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28 March 2019

Modern First Editions

Lot 71

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, first editions [London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1954-1955]

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Estimate £8000 - £12000 + fees



J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, first editions [George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1954-1955]


 


the complete set of 3 novels, comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring (1954, endpapers very slightly browned, bookseller's label to upper pastedown: Blackwells Oxford England, contemporary ink inscription Brian Morris, Oxford, August 1954 to front free endpaper), The Two Towers (1954, endpapers and pastedowns a little spotted) The Return of the King (1955, contemporary ink inscription Brian Morris, Worchester College, Oxford, Michaelmas 1955 to front free endpaper), each with a large folding map after Christopher Tolkien, all in original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, top edges stained red, original publisher's red, black and gilt dust-jackets, first two mentioned with old tape markings lining inner edges of jackets, spines darkened and extremities rubbed, third volume top edges of covers and spine darkened, all with some light restoration to extremities, preserved in modern cloth drop-box, 8vo


 


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