Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 16; Cawthorn & Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 76. A fine set of perhaps the most celebrated work of fantasy of our era. (3)" /> TOLKIEN, J.R.R. <I>The Lord of the Rings</I>. London: Allen & Unwin, 1954-55. 3 vols., 8<V>o. Original dark red cloth; dust jackets (5 lower corners of inner flaps clipped, some slight fading to spines, light rubbing at some extremities); morocco folding slipcase. FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION of <I>The Lord of the Rings</I> trilogy, comprising <I> The Fellowship of the Ring</I> (1954), <I>The Two Towers</I> (1954), and <I>The Return of the King</I> (1955). Hammond's second state of the third volume without signature mark "4" on p. 49. Folding map tipped-in each volume. Hammond A5a-i, ii, and iii; Bleiler 1606; Pringle, <I>Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels</I> 16; Cawthorn & Moorcock, <I>Fantasy: The 100 Best Books</I> 76. A fine set of perhaps the most celebrated work of fantasy of our era. (3) | Christie's