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Author: J.R.R. Tolkien Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Format: Hardback with Jacket Subject: Fantasy
Fiction Subject: Fantasy Printing Year: 1937
Date of Publication: 1900-1949

1937 1st edition, 1st impression. Very good book and jacket. Book has usual age related wear, but no serious damage. There are small rubber date stamps to the front and rear blank end pages, 3 each. We would say it once belong to a private club library. The dust jacket has a 3 inch paper section missing from the rear top edge of the jacket and a section on the cover.  This could be restored, but we don’t recommend it. Overall, a very presentable copy and more affordable for the flaws mentioned. You could spend £45,000 plus just on this edition.

These dust jacket have NOT been restored or altered in any way.  We do not deal in facsimile or restored jackets. While a  future buyer may decide to have it restored, we advise against it if they intend to resell it someday. A book without an original jacket is worth a fraction of one with. A restored jacket is worth a considerable less, even if the work was very minor.   “Restoring” is nothing more than a deception to make something damaged look artificially new. It’s a fake and most serious collectors and dedicated fans want an item as close to its original condition, any warts and all.  It adds some value to a jacket-less book if the restoration is very, very minor, but nothing close to a book with an original unrestored jacket. Don’t be deceived into buying restored jackets as buyers now trying to sell their restore jackets now have been. A fake is fake! The rule is simply the closer to the original condition, the better and more valuable. Adding anything artificial, even if undetectable, seriously reduces the value to serious collectors. Don’t waste your money with false economy. Hold out and buy the best you can find!

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