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Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship of the - Tolkien, J.R.R - 1954. 
George Allen & Unwin, London 1954 - FIRST EDITION of Return of the King, second impression of Fellowship and Two Towers, 3 vols., 8vo, pp. 423, ; 352; 416 + folding map in each vol. Original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, printed dustjackets. A thin dampmark along the top edge of the dustjackets (just showing slightly on the cloth in one or two places as well) with some resulting colour transfer on the interior, the dustjacket spine panels browned and sunned with several splashmarks as well, a couple of short edge-tears on each and otherwise just a little light soiling. Apart from the staining to the spine panels this is quite a well-preserved example of the trilogy, with the dustjackets not priceclipped, no ownership inscriptions, and virtually no leaning to the spines. The Fellowship of the Ring is one of 2,500 copies from the second impression, published five months after the first (which was 3,000 copies); The Two Towers is one of 1,800 copies of the second impression (after the 3,250 copies of the first); The Return of the King is the third state of the text (crooked lines and signature mark both present) and the first state of the dustjacket with no quotations on the rear flap. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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