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THE LORD OF THE RINGS being The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King
London Allen & Unwin 1954/55, 195455. London Allen & Unwin 1954/55, 195455. Three volumes, all first editions. Each volume in original red cloth with gilt titles on the spine. Original printed dustwrappers present for all three volumes. All fine, bright copies in very good dustwrappers, each with some tanning to the spine and light wear to their ends. The first volume with a light stain to the upper panel. An attractive set of this fantasy classic which is now one of the most sought after first editions of the twentieth century. The pictorial dustwrappers have the distinctive "eye" design by the author. Fold out maps to the rear of each volume, printed in red and black, drawn by Christopher Tolkien. Dorothy L. Sayers, one of the foremost crime writers of the twentieth century and creator of Lord Peter Wimsey, has always had strong links to Oxford. She read Modern Languages at Sommerville College, and worked in Oxford both as an academic and for Blackwell's the publishers. Although not technically an Inkling, she is often regarded as a fringe member of that group of literary academics due mainly to her friendship with C.S.Lewis and Charles Williams. She contributed to their discussions and gave and received publications. This set is probably one such offering.
      [Bookseller: Jonkers Rare Books]
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