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Details about  J.R.R .Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, First Edition Set, Impressions 1,1,1

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J.R.R .Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, First Edition Set, Impressions 1,1,1
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Format: Hardback Printing Year: 1954, 54, 55
Language: English Special Attributes: 1st Edition

We appeared on UK Channel Four program: Four Rooms with a Lord of the Rings set and declined the offer. We recently sold it for £15,000.  This is our last nice set at the moment, don't delay!

 Allen & Unwin, 1954, 1954, 1955, first edition of each title, uniform wear so have likely been kept together for all these years. Very nice condition books and jackets, but not as nice as my other set listed, thus the lower price. Slip tex 4 on RotK. Book clothe covers have minor marks and spotting, curved spines, but no lean. Bindings tight, maps fine. TT has a damp stain to spine head, spine gilt is worn on all three books. FotR has a little more wear and tear than the other two which is often the case. No marks to books.   Correct edition dust jackets, unclipped, minor grubbiness in a few places, the edges in particular, spines are darkened with age which is the main flaw as this set would cost 30% more otherwise. However no tattiness or paper loss except to spine corners of TT. Grey colors still present on covers an flaps, often these are faded to white/beige. Overall as nice as they come without spending twice the money. Ask for photos for a better indicator of condition.

Now is a good time to buy one before they increase further in price with the upcoming Hobbit film. 

Please ask for additional photos. These pictures do not do it justice. Indeed, buy it and if you don't like the condition for any reason, return them. Feel free to contact me with any questions, I like to answer customer questions and don’t think this automated service is service at all!

See also our 1st/2nd set with jackets and two 2,2,2 impression set.

Please note, your time is precious.  Thank you for the offers. We are happy to consider serious offers, but low offers will automatically be declined. This set is the most affordable 1st/ 1st set on the web at the moment, don't delay. 

Restoration and other fake dust jackets

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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