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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (Fifteenth Impression), The Two Towers (Twelfth Impression), and The Return of the King (Eleventh Impression)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (Fifteenth Impression), The Two Towers (Twelfth Impression), and The Return of the King (Eleventh Impression)

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (Fifteenth Impression), The Two Towers (Twelfth Impression), and The Return of the King (Eleventh Impression) - 1966

by Tolkien, J. R. R

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Used - Three volumes. Octavo. Each in original cloth board and dust jacket (none are price-clipped). Minor toning and sunning to dust j

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London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1966. First edition, later impressions (15, 12, 11). Three volumes. Octavo. Each in original cloth board and dust jacket (none are price-clipped). Minor toning and sunning to dust jackets, minor edgewear, with small, half-inch closed tear to head of dust jacket to The Fellowship of the Ring. Slight cocking to spine of The Two Towers. Each title includes the originally enclosed map, each of which remains crisp, bright, and appears to have been unopened, with only minor creasing to foredge of The Fellowship of the Ring map. Remarkably clean and well-preserved. Each a later impression. Tolkien, J. R. R. The Fellowship of the Ring, London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., fifteenth impression, 1966. Tolkien, J. R. R., The Two Towers, London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., twelfth impression, 1966. Tolkien, J. R. R., The Return of the King, London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., eleventh impression, 1965. Bright UK first edition set of J. R. R. Tolkien's (1892-1973) epic masterpiece, each volume issued in later impressions by publisher George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Originally published between July 1954 and October 1955 (The Fellowship of the Ring, July 1954; The Two Towers, November 1954; and The Return of the King, October 1955), Tolkien's heroic romance (as he preferred to identify his work) would grow to become one of the most beloved works of the twentieth century. Following the publication of The Hobbit in 1937, this epic trilogy was originally meant as a sequel to be issued in one volume (with The Silmarillion to accompany it as a two-volume set) but, for economic and publication reasons, was first issued in three separate volumes throughout 1954 and 1955. The works, which are set in the Third Age of Middle-earth, tell the enduring tale of a band of reluctant heroes who set out to rescue their world from the grips of evil, and which masterfully combine Tolkien's gift for storytelling with his extensive knowledge of folklore, philosophy, and philology. Considered by many to be the first great work of "high fantasy," The Lord of the Rings redefined the fantasy genera and is now recognized as among the greatest literary achievements of the twentieth century. Tolkien's epic is also among the most prized by book collectors around the world. This set assembles all three volumes in later impressions (see above) published in the years 1965 and 1966. Each is remarkably bright, clean, and well-preserved-and the dust jacket to each volume is not price-clipped. An early, rare, and beautiful set of Tolkien's epic masterpiece.
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