Lot 638 - 17 Jul 2018
Textiles, Carpets & Rugs, Books, Maps & Ephemera, Watercolours & Drawings
TOLKIEN (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings (in 3 parts, i.e. 3 vols.) The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King. First Editions. folded map (printed in red & black) in each vol., half titles; gilt lettered red cloth & red tops, illustrated dust wrappers, large crown 8vo. 1954 - 55. a very attractive set of the epoch-making trilogy Illustrated
1) Fellowship - sl. rubbing head / tail cloth spine, edges with a few sm. brown spots fore-edge & lt. black dusting on lwr. edge (by fore-edge); d/w. spine sl. wear at head & some at foot (with sl. loss), cvrs. portion with sl. wear at corners (with v. sl. loss at lwr. part at foot by spine), flaps with lwr. one thin strip at head faded to brown; e/ps. with d/w. offset, as usual. 2) Two Towers - cloth v. sl. rubbing head / tail cloth spine; d/w. spine sl. wear head / tail, also sl. mkd., covers portion some sl. mks., flaps good; e/ps. offset as usual; 3) Return - cloth spine sl. rubbing head / tail, edges lt. brown fore-edge spotting & black dusting (as no. 1); d/w. has spine portion sl. wear head / tail (with sl. loss at foot), covers portion sl. corner wear upper part & with 2 sm. brown stains (clear of printing / illus.), flaps with sl. wear corners, & fading thin strip top of lwr. portion; e/ps. offset as usual. nb. the map in Fellowship / Two Towers is identical, but different in Return Collated against Hammond & Anderson. Fellowship of the Ring & Two Towers - First Editions, First Impressions; Return of the King - First Impression, Second State. nb. Fellowship of the Ring has page 20 the second impression error mayorality, although none of the other errors then introduced.