The Lord of the Rings Set (UK). Readers Union George Allen & Unwin LTD. Trilogy; Octavo, original full bound red cloth boards with gilt stamped front and spine. Extremely scarce set of First Edition, First Impression (2,970 - 2,980) of J. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
In 1960, the Readers Union published this Single Impression, followed by no others and not offered for sale to the general public. Printing figures Hardly ever found, especially in such well-preserved Original Dust Jackets.
A spectacular example of this incredibly rare early printing. Tolkien (18921973) was a leading philologist, translator, and fantasy author best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. As a schoolboy he excelled in languages and in 1911 he received a scholarship to Oxford, where he specialized in Norse, Anglo-Saxon, Old and Middle English, and other Germanic languages. The Lord of the Rings began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during World War II in letters to his son, and finally, having polished it to his own satisfaction, published it as a trilogy from 1954 to 1955, a volume at a time, impatiently awaited by a growing audience It is considered one of this centurys lasting contributions to that borderland of literature between youth and age It seems destined to become this centurys contribution to that select list of books which continue through the ages to be read by children and adults with almost equal pleasure.Bindings tight with moderate slants. Boards clean and unmarked with bright gilt title to spine. Light bump to top edge of Part III and to corners and slight bow to boards with the greatest being Part II. Very minimal foxing to text blocks. Internally unmarked and nearly clean but for some light foxing to front and rear pastedowns, endpapers and first free pages. Dust Jackets present very well. Some wear with fading to panels and spine. Some small and larger closed tears at creases and corners Parts I and III with rubbing to corners and edges of all. Panels laminated with some bubbling to panels with laminant extending to verso on Parts I and III. Light repairs an same at spine head of Part II.
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Dick, Under the Net by Iris Murdoch, Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry, Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, White Noise by Don DeLillo, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, and Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. The item "The Lord of the Rings RARE! Reader's Union 1ST EDITION TOLKIEN 1954" is in sale since Wednesday, May 12, 2021. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible".
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