8 April 2003
Property of the Library of Richard M. Lackritz, M.D.
TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings. London: Allen & Unwin, 1954-55.
3 volumes, 8o. Original dark red cloth; pictorial dust jackets (some slight fading to spine panel, light chipping to some spine ends, Tow Towers with light staining to upper panel, small hole in spine panel of The Fellowship, light rubbing to ends of some spine panel).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, comprising The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), and The Return of the King (1955). Later state of the third volume with signature mark "4" on p. 49. Folding map tipped-in each volume. Hammond A5a-i, ii, and iii; Bleiler 1606; Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 16; Cawthorn & Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 76. (3)
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