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First British [and first hardcover] printing of the Revised Second Edition, mixed impressions. Three

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Seller notes: First British [and first hardcover] printing of the Revised Second Edition, mixed impressions. Three volumes, comprising 'The Fellowship of the Ring' (First Impression of the Revised Edition, 1966), 'The Two Towers' (Second Impression of the Revised Edition, 1967) and 'The Return of the King' (Second Impression of the Revised Edition, 1967). Octavo, original red cloth stamped in gold on spine panels, top edges stained red, folding maps at rear of each volume. 423 + 352 + 440 pp. 1,500 copies printed. A uniformly attractive set with no previous ownership markings, slight rubbing to the cloth along the bottom edges (shelf-wear), a few small brown spots to the first few leaves of 'Return' and a tiny ink-stain to the fore-edge of that volume. Overall, a very good set, lacking the dust jackets.
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Hardcover

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English

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Literature & Fiction

Country/Region of Manufacture:

United Kingdom

Topic:

Fantasy

Year Printed:

1966

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J.R.R. Tolkien
 
THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Second, Revised Edition.
Mixed Printings, 1/2/2
 
 




TOLKIEN, J.R.R. [John Ronald Reuel].
THE LORD OF THE RINGS comprising THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING [along with] THE TWO TOWERS [along with] THE RETURN OF THE KING. Three Volumes. Mixed First and Second Printings of the Revised Second Edition.

Place Published: London
Publisher: George Allen & Unwin Ltd.
Date Published: [1966-67].
Edition: Second Edition.
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 308987
 
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First British [and first hardcover] printing of the Revised Second Edition, mixed impressions. Three volumes, comprising 'The Fellowship of the Ring' (First Impression of the Revised Edition, 1966), 'The Two Towers' (Second Impression of the Revised Edition, 1967) and 'The Return of the King' (Second Impression of the Revised Edition, 1967). Octavo, original red cloth stamped in gold on spine panels, top edges stained red, folding maps at rear of each volume. 423 + 352 + 440 pp. 1,500 copies printed. A uniformly attractive set with no previous ownership markings, slight rubbing to the cloth along the bottom edges (shelf-wear), a few small brown spots to the first few leaves of 'Return' and a tiny ink-stain to the fore-edge of that volume. Overall, a very good set, lacking the dust jackets.
 
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¶ The 'best' edition of the Last Great Classic. When 'The Lord of the Rings' was first published in America in 1955-56, it was before the United States joined the international copyright convention. In 1965 Houghton Mifflin - Tolkien's American publisher - seemed to be in violation of the new copyright laws designed to protect the American printing industry by importing sheets of 'The Lord of the Rings' that were printed in the UK by Allen & Unwin (which were clearly marked 'Printed in Great Britain'). As such, Ace Books - under the direction of Donald Wollheim - determined that 'The Lord of the Rings' had fallen into the public domain and issued their own edition. Tolkien's authorized publishers asked Tolkien to provide new material for 'The Lord of the Rings', to create a new edition which could be copyrighted. The heavily revised text, with additions - including a new Foreword to the first volume & the long-promised Index - was first issued in paperback by Ballantine Books in 1965, and later in hardcover in the UK by Allen & Unwin. It should be noted that Tolkien continued to revise the text into the summer of 1966, after the first impressions of the new Allen & Unwin edition had been completed, and his later revisions were incorporated into the second impressions. For a detailed analysis of this and 'The War over Middle Earth', see Hammond & Anderson, 'J.R.R. Tolkien - A Descriptive Bibliography', items A5c (Ace Books paperbacks), A5d (Ballantine Books paperbacks), & A5e (Allen & Unwin Hardcovers).
 
 

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