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Details about  Tolkien SILMARILLION American 1st/1st 1977 HCDJ WITH MAP 'Father Giles' error

Tolkien SILMARILLION American 1st/1st 1977 HCDJ WITH MAP 'Father Giles' error
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Seller Notes: As New / Very Fine condition.

Hardcover w/Jacket

Country/Region of Manufacture:

United States


Literature & Fiction

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1st Edition, Illustrated

Country of Manufacture:

United States



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The Silmarillion
J. R. R. Tolkien
edited by
Christopher Tolkien

First edition, first printing, first state, second issue.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1977: First edition, first printing, as denoted by "First Printing" statement and full numberline ending in "1" on copyright page. Original first state dust jacket in Very Fine / As New condition, and shows correct price of $10.95 as well as the correct first issue date code of 0977.
Condition: Boards: Very Fine / As New. Sharp corners. Absolutely no sunning, soil, or fading. Of course not ex-library. Perfect. Internally the same: Textblock is absolutely perfect and in As New / Unread condition. Binding tight and square. Absolutely no markings, soil, folds or tears. Map has a couple of odd folds - see photos - but I'm going to assert that this was done at the time of printing due to the fact that upon examination the map appeared to me to have never been opened, and the fact that another copy of the same title bought from the same collection recently has very similar - if not identical - extraneous folds. Has the following correct first state points:

  • "Father Giles of Ham" instead of "Farmer Giles of Ham"
  • Dust jacket date code of 0977
  • Correct price of $10.95
With the first state, second issue point of broken text on page 229. Price on dust jacket was folded back rather than clipped by the previous owner. Book appears to be unread.

An exquisite copy of an increasingly sought-after title. Jacket now protected in archival, removable transparent plastic cover (mylar). (NB: Protective mylar cover was carefully removed to ensure correctness of photographs, and was carefully put back on immediately after photos were taken.)

In absolutely perfect, as new condition.

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Returns happily accepted, provided the following conditions are met: 1) Item absolutely must be received by us in precisely the same condition it was in when we originally shipped it. 2) We must be contacted within 14 days after shipping item. 3) Buyer pays return shipping. If you have the time, please allow us the opportunity to explain further. When we first established our eBay account, we accepted returns. However, three of our first dozen or so sales were returned after having been damaged by the customer to the point that we could not offer the books for sale again. Hopefully our experience this time around will be better. In order to help things along, please consider the following: Closely read the item description. We take pains to be accurate. Look at the photos closely. Take your time. Finally, if an item is returned in less than identical condition, no refund will be issued, but we will ship the book back to you. We hope to feel less nervous about our return policy in the future.

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