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The Lord of the Rings
London: George Allen and Unwin, Ltd., 1969 Deluxe one volume edition, first printing. Publisher's black cloth, with Tolkien's illustration of the Numenorean throne with "Elendil" in Tengwar in gilt, silver and green to the front board, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, light blue speckled edges, black and white marble endpapers, with both of Tolkien's fold-out pictorial maps bound in, printed on India paper. About near fine, with light wear to the extremities, bright gilt, minor nick to the spine tail, light rubbing to the board edges, bright interior. A clean and pleasing copy. Housed in the publisher's black slipcase; with some light wear to the extremities, else fine. Originally published 1954-1955, The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy trilogy, written as the sequel to Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit. It tells the story of the second attempt of the men, elves, and dwarves of Middle Earth to destroy the Dark Lord Sauron, the "Lord of the Rings." In The Hobbit, set almost 2,000 years after Sauron was initially vanquished, Hobbit Bilbo Baggins discovers Sauron's lost ring, which he used to control the inhabitants of Middle Earth vis-à-vis corrupt leaders whom he gave lesser rings to in order to gain power over them. In The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo leaves the ring to his nephew Frodo, who joins with a group of men, hobbits, dwarves, and elves on a quest to destroy it. In The Two Towers, Frodo and Sam continue alone on their increasingly perilous journey to destroy the ring while the remaining members of the Fellowship try to protect the realms of Middle Earth from the troops of Sauron, who continues to gain strength as Frodo brings the Ring closer. The Return of the King concludes the trilogy with the final destruction of Sauron and the reestablishment of proper order in the worlds of men and hobbits. Each volume is divided into two books and contains chapters narrated by different characters. This deluxe edition includes all three of the Lord of the Rings novels in a single, compact volume; the text is printed on India paper, a thin, dense paper most commonly used for printing bibles. Subsequent to the second printing, which was also in a slipcase, this deluxe edition was issued in a clamshell box.. Hard Cover. Fine.
      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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