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Details about  J.R.R Tolkien's The Return of the King 1955 Rare collector's edition

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J.R.R Tolkien's The Return of the King 1955 Rare collector's edition
J-R-R-Tolkiens-The-Return-of-the-King-1955-Rare-collectors-edition
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Good
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23 Jun, 2014 19:00:22 BST
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£157.00
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Item location:
Leicester, United Kingdom

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321435295075
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Last updated on  20 Jun, 2014 12:43:45 BST  View all revisions

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Good: A book that has been read, but is in good condition. Minimal damage to the book cover eg. scuff ... Read moreabout the condition
 
Published in 1955, this is a 1955 edition of J.R.R Tolkien's "The Return of the King", the third part of his "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. A rare collector's item, a find for any book collector, fan of Tolkien or the Lord of the Rings. It is in great condition for its age, although it is missing the dust jacket and there are some minor marks to the cover, the rest of the book is pristine, including the original map attached in the back (see photos). A great copy of "the Return of the King", printed in 1955, the year the book was first published. There is no mention in the book whether it is a first/second impression, on the copyright page after the copyright details, it says "Printed in Great Britain in 11 on 12 print Imprint type by Jarrold and Sons Limited Norwich". Please message via ebay with any questions. Sold on behalf of the Woodside Animal Centre for the RSPCA, all proceeds go to caring for the animals and running the centre.


On 20-Jun-14 at 12:43:45 BST, seller added the following information:

Believed to be a First edition: This book was Published by George Allen and Unwin LTD in 1955. The book is 416 pages long, which is the stated length of the first edition, and was printed in 1955. The first edition was printed on the 20th of October 1955. According to Tolkiens' bibliography: The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen & Unwin, [20 October] 1955. Pp. [5]-416 pp. Revised editions: New York: Ballantine Books, 1965. A further revised edition was published by Allen & Unwin in 1966. Further corrections were made in later British editions. A try to amalgamate all the changes in British editions together with some corrections that only appeared in the Ballantine edition was made in the American edition of 1987 (Boston, Md.: Houghton Mifflin Co.) A British edition of this, further revised, was published in 1994 (London: HarperCollinsPublishers). J.R.R. Tolkien recorded readings of selected passages from The Lord of the Rings. These were released on the grammophone records J.R.R. Tolkien reads and sings his The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring and on J.R.R. Tolkien reads and sings his The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers/The Return of the King (New York: Caedmon Records, © 1975, TC 1477 and TC 1478).

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