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LORD OF THE RINGS & HOBBIT ~ GOLD BOX ~ TOLKIEN COVER ART ~ VINTAGE PB MID 70's

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Item condition:
Like New

Truly Rare in This COnditoin

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US $125.00
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Condition: Like New : Split the cost with friends
A book that looks new but has been read. Cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket (if applicable) is included for hard covers. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. Very minimal wear and tear. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller Notes: Truly Rare in This COnditoin
ISBN-10:

0618129022

Publication Year:

2001

ISBN-13:

9780618129027

Language:

English

Author:

J.R.R. Tolkien

Category:

Fantasy

Format:

Trade Paper, Book

ISBN:

9780618129027

NO RISK PURCHASE! See Below...

THE LORD OF THE RINGS
and THE HOBBIT

By JRR Tolkien

FEATURING TOLKIEN's OWN COVER ART ~ SLIPCASED

Unless you have been on a deserted island, no description of this story is necessary, so I'll concentrate on this edition.

This set was first released in America circa 1971 by Ballantine after the Barbara Remington covers that Tolkien hated were retired. He hated them so much that he decided to create cover art of his own and had Ballantine publish exclusively, editions with these covers throughout the bulk 70's, and Ballantine did so until shortly after his death.

All four books have the cover art designed and drawn by Tolkien himself, shown below.

As you can see, the set contains all three of The Lord of the Rings in their entirety, as well as The Hobbit. It is a complete and fully authorized edition and contains all of Tolkien's original maps and appendices, and follows the fully authorized second edition text, in effect, this WAS the official paperback version authorized by Tolkien and it was also the last edition published during his lifetime.

It is a beautiful set, hard to see up close in the pictures but the slipcase shows the Elvish Crests of Feanor, Earendil, Idril Celebrindal, Luthien Tinuviel, Fingolfin, Elwe & Finwe - all Elves from the First Age of Middle-earth whom you can read about in The Silmarillion. I suppose he did that as he was just about to release the Silmarillion when the Boxed set became available in the mid-70's. If you haven't read it, you really NEED to, and if you buy a copy from me with this offering, I'll ship them both for free via media mail within the USA. Just wait for me to remove the shipping BEFORE you pay for them.

Let me also add that you can find sets with these covers fairly commonly on eBay and in used bookstores. What you WON'T find often is a set in the Gold Commemorative Box, yet alone any that have not yet been read such as this set! It is a truly rare find and for the Tolkien perfectionist or completist, one that will surly be a cornerstone of any serious Tolkien collection.

FYI - in case you could care less about the box and wouldn't mind a previously read set, I have a bunch, as of this writing, available HERE! A physical description follows.. 

To see all of the Tolkien items I am selling whether on sale or not, CLICK HERE!!

For any of the other hundreds of items I have available use the link at the bottom of the page. And if you have any requests, by all means, send me an email; if I have it, I'll list it right away for you (no off eBay sales...)


About Me & This Item...

I am a private collector of art, books, music and "stuff" and am very picky about what I buy. I don't like surprises when I buy things from auctions any more than you do. I promise everything there is to know about this item is in this description. I also do not subscribe to "grading" as frankly, grading is totally inconsistent and most of the "graders" TRULY have no clue, so I will use plain English if it is ok with you...

    As described above this is a set of unread paperback books as shown above. All books are clean with no loose pages, minimal to no shelfwear to the covers, slipcase fully intact with no splits. The Lord of the Rings was published in 1976 and The Hobbit in December of 1975. After close examination, the Hobbit only appears to have been lightly perused, but one look at it will tell you it has never been fully read, and The Lord of the Rings look as if they have never even been opened. It is a VERY NICE set!

    Look, I know I am asking a premium for this set, but given the condition and rareity of such, it's actually priced lower than it should be. If you can find another new and unread set for less, then by all means, buy it! The trick is finding one! Enjoy...

A FEW WORDS ON TOLKIEN COLLECTIBILITY...I have been collecting Tolkien books for over 30 years and it really galls me to find people selling items for rediculous prices claiming they are "rare" or "highly collectible"; and what's worse is, naive people are paying it~! The fact is, there are relatively few "RARE" Tolkien items on eBay and most of the stuff claimed as such, just isn't. Granted, some may be hard to find, but not rare. In order to be a VALUABLE collectible, the books need to be immaculate or close to it, a scarce or extremely early printing of an early edition and if it comes with a dust jacket, that too should be close to fine. Otherwise, they are just common items not worth much, but people are paying gobs of cash, caught up in the frenzy.

Before you pay high bucks on a RARE or COLLECTIBLE edition, ask questions and demand to see a picture. Even though the copyright may say 1966 for example, it can still be a 1981 or even 1997 printing, but the copyright was last renewed in 1966 so it is being sold as such. I've even seen 1960's paperback copyright being sold for unreal prices, and they are actually a 23rd or such printing! I don't believe all sellers are trying to be dishonest, some just don't know any better... Please be careful and bid wisely. If you have any questions regarding it's authenticity or collectibility, check it out and be certain you are bidding on what you THINK you are bidding on.


For over a decade, I have sold tens of thousands of items on eBay and have only received a handful of complaints about the accuracy in my descriptions. Having met eBay standards for excellence in trading, you may bid with confidence knowing you will get what you THINK you are bidding on! Please check my feedback. It is a record I am very proud of...

I have LOTS of music items, and tons of books available for purchase. Please check my other offerings to see if there is anything else you might be interested in for combined shipping. There are links above and below and why not bookmark my site to make it easier to find at a later date! 

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    Thanks so much for looking and bidding on my auctions~ Alan.

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