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The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st - Tolkien, J R R - 1954. 
London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. First Edition. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen and Unwin, 1954/54/55 1st UK Edition, all 1st impressions. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published July 29th, 1954, one of 3000 printed for the UK. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954, one of 3250 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955, one of 7000 printed for the UK. This copy is the Later State, as per Wayne Hammond's revised opinion, with the signature mark '4' and does have the slipped type on page 49. Correspondence with Wayne Hammond has indicated he revised his original definition of the 1st state, showing the slipped type and a signature mark "4" on page 49, in the Tolkien Bibliography, making this the Later State. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, no tears or extra folds, both the Fellowship and Two Towers maps show the 1st State point of a red dot off the Coast of Umbar. A beautiful set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature, with no previous owners names or marks to any of the books. The set is recently rebound in Red Morocco Leather, all edges trimmed and the top edge stained red. The set is further characterized by matching cream colored endpapers, and is housed in a custom red cloth covered slipcase. The boards of the books feature dual embossed rules around the edges, with the spine gilt stamped with the titles, author, and published dates. All are very clean and bright, with a couple of small smudges on occasional page margins, no foxing or offsetting, and none have any writing or signatures. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / No Jacket.
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