THE LORD OF THE RINGS
REMINGTON WILDERNESS TRIPTYCH COVERS
PLUS: THE HOBBIT
Featuring Errant Lion Cover
ALL STATED FIRST PRINTINGS - 1965
This picture is the exact set being sold. Please see physical description below...
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stoneNine for Mortal Men doomed to die.
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throneIn the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
As you are most likely aware, the original paperback AUTHORIZED editions of The Lord of the Rings were released in the USA in 1965 featuring the now famous triptych by Barbara Remington entitled Wilderness on the covers of the books, as shown above. Offered here is a genuine set, meaning all three books. Each book is dated:
- The Hobbit - Featuring the errant lion cover - August 1965
- The Fellowship Of The Ring - October 1965
- The Two Towers - November 1965
- The Return Of The King - December 1956
For the uninitiated, a triptych are three pictures when laid side by side form a singular larger picture.
Over the ensuing 6 years, there were over 40 printings with this cover on it, and it was not changed until 1971 when the covers with Tolkien's own drawings were released.
Early editions of this set are some of the rarest sets of The Lord of the Rings ever to appear in print and Tolkien's popularity had not yet flourished so there were just not that many printed, and is here offered for your consideration an EXTREMELY early set. They are in exceptionally clean condition, but there is a detailed physical description below. 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!!
Also in this set is an even rarer edition of Tolkien lore. In case you are unaware of the "lion" saga, here it is... When Tolkien released The Hobbit in the US, Ballantine commissioned the same artist who did the Tryptich covers for The Lord of the Rings to do a matching cover for The Hobbit to be released in September of that year. She was told it was more lighthearted, a sort of children's story, and having never actually READ it, she put a lion on the cover about to drink from the pond. Now we all know there is no lion in The Hobbit, and Tolkien was absolutely FURIOUS. But before Ballantine could pull the cover, 5 printings had already gone to press and been released! It was later airbrushed out, but First USA Editions of The Hobbit have the Lion on the cover! If you never thought you'd see a first edition of a Tolkien set, here is one.
Suffice to say that there are many, MANY copies of these sets floating around in one form or another, but seldom will you see genuine copies ACTUALLY FROM the 60's, matched set in anywhere near as clean of condition as those being offered here. I have been collecting Tolkien's works since I was teenager IN the 60's, and have literally hundreds of sets available, some quite rare, some as common as dirt. This happens to be one of my more rare offerings. Grab it before someone else does!
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...)
Regarding auctions, let me add that 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.
*VERY GOOD CONDITION! But not perfect copies. This is a gorgeous set in GREAT condition. There spines are lightly creased from a previous read and the covers show a minimal amount of shelfwear from handling with really just a little to the edges and corners of the covers and in all, the pages have started to yellow with age. Return Of The Kings has a small chip near the upper edge of the front cover which is only on the surface and does not go all the way through the cover. The Fellowship Of The Ring has the remnants of a name plate on the back of the front cover. It is a VERY nice, collectible set and you probably won't see one like this often, being first printings plus the errant lion cover of The Hobbit and in such good condition. Any Tolkien collector should consider a set like this for their personal library. Enjoy...
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