Feb 20, 2020 - Sale 2530

Sale 2530 - Lot 333

Price Realized: $ 5,200
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings. Folding maps in rear of each volume. Together, 3 volumes. 8vo, publisher's red cloth, spine titles gilt; price-clipped dust jackets; bookplate to front pastedowns (not uniform). Comprising: The Fellowship of the Ring. Shelfwear to bottom boards, splash stains to top- and fore-edges; jacket verso with numerous tape ghosts, front panel with further stains, spine panel darkened, corner nicks and small tears. Second impression in second impression jacket * The Two Towers. Jacket spine and folds tanned, fold corners with small nicks and short closed tears, light dust soiling; few marginal pencil annotations, scattered mild foxing. First edition * The Return of the King. Jacket with scattered light soiling, folds creased; very few marginal pencil annotations, foxing confined to front and end matter. First edition, second state dust jacket with blurbs on the rear jacket flap. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954; 1955

Additional Details

first editions, a mixed-issue set. Issue points include '4' on the base of the text block of page 49 on all 3 volumes, with the sagging text in Return of the King on page 49. 3000, 3250, and 7000 copies printed respectively. Hammond and Anderson A5ai, A5aii, A5aiii.