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Item condition:
Very Good

Actual Books are Like New

Price:
US $450.00
Approximately C $494.03
 
 
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Condition: Very Good : Split the cost with friends
A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket (if applicable) 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: Actual Books are Like New
Subject:

Fantasy

Language:

English

Topic:

Tolkien

Country of Manufacture:

United States

Special Attributes:

1st Edition

Format:

Paperback

Publication Year:

1965

ONE BID TAKES IT!

THE LORD OF THE RINGS

by J.R.R. Tolkien

THE VERY FIRST AUTHORIZED US PAPERBACK PRINTING from 1965
Featuring the REMINGTON WILDERNESS TRIPTYCH COVER

In the Promotional White Box!

 

        Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky
          Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone
        Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die.
          One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
        In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie
          One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
          One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
        In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

As you may be aware, after the ACE paperback debacle, Tolkien changed the text for the Second and Fully Authorized editions of The Lord of the Rings release worldwide in 1965. This is the text that all copies now follow, even though some of the copyright dates have been renewed. The original AUTHORIZED paperback editions of The Lord of the Rings were released in the USA by Ballantine just before Christmas in 1965 featuring the now famous triptych by Barbara Remington entitled Wilderness on the covers of the books, as shown above. For the uninitiated, a triptych are three pictures when laid side by side form a singular larger picture.

This edition was the first Ballantine Books printing of the "Second and Fully Authorized Edition" and came in a slipcase with a matching cover. Over the ensuing 6 years, there were over 30 printings with this cover on it, and it was not changed until 1971 when the covers with Tolkien's own drawings were released.

The more famous release has this same covers with a matching red color cover to the slipcase, as shown right. However, Ballantine was in such a rush to get these out for the Christmas rush of 1965 that the color versions had not yet been published in any kind of quantity, so the initial release was pressed using the black and white cover as offered here.

ONLY the very first release from 1965 had this case and a few of the second printings. It is extremely rare as there were very few of them made.

  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King

Each book states FIRST PRINTING: October, November & December respectively, 1965. It is one of the rarest sets of The Lord of the Rings ever to appear in print in the US, and is here offered for your consideration. A detailed physical description follows below...

If this weren't a duplicate, it is clean enough that I would add it to my personal collection, which is quite extensive, I assure you! If you never thought you'd see a first edition of a Tolkien set, here is one. I could put it up for auction, but I priced it fairly based on it's worth so the first one who bids will take it away! Grab it before someone else does...

This is one of many unusual editions I have listed this week along with the other dozens of items including many early printings. To see all other Tolkien items I am selling CLICK HERE!!

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've been collecting art, books, music and "stuff" for over 35 years and have amassed an enormous collection with many duplicates. I am very picky about what I buy (especially in records and books!) In like fashion, I don't like surprises when I buy things from auction so I promise everything I know about this item is in this description.

    *This is a gorgeous set, very gently handled and previously read.

  • The Fellowship of the Ring ~ First Printing, October 1965. The book shows very little shelfwear from handling to the edges and corners of the covers which also has a very small light crease in on the upper edge. The spine shows and ever so slight curvature from a previous read and a light crease, so slight I am not even sure it has been read, just perused. Internally, it looks GREAT! It is a VERY nice copy.

  • The Two Towers ~ First Printing, November 1965. This copy is in GREAT condition showing no wear at all, in fact I am stated it as new and uread!

  • The Return of the King ~ First Printing, December 1965. This copy is also new and unread and just like it came from the publisher showing only the slights hint of age (it is 50 years old!).

    The slipcase shows very light shelfwear to the cormers. but very, VERY slight. It is otherwise clean and unmarked.

    All in all, this is a very clean and highly collectible set, and one you will seldom see offered. It is may last set of first printings for sale, although I am keeping a set for myself. Enjoy!

   

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