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Title of Vintage Boxed Slipcase Set of Three (3) Books: “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy consisting of these three volumes, each with a foreword by the author:
*Volume 1: The Fellowship of the Ring (being the first part of The Lord of the Rings) is divided into books one and two of the story
*Volume 2: The Two Towers (being the second part of The Lord of the Rings) is divided into books three and four of the story
*Volume 3: The Return of the King (being the third part of The Lord of the Rings) is divided into books five and six of the story
These are lovely copies of a very sought-after, desirable set of books!
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Author(s): J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973)
Contents: Each book contains a fold-out map, a table of contents, as well as either a prologue or a synopsis. Book 3 contains six (6) appendices, A through F, and an index.
Illustrated Fold-out Maps: Yes! Each volume contains an immaculate fold-out map of Middle Earth affixed to the inside of the back board/back cover. The maps contained within books 1 (Fellowship of the Ring) and 2 (The Two Towers ) are identical. Book 3 (The Return of the King) has a different map.
Library of Congress Subject(s)/Category(ies)/Genre(s): Fantasy Fiction
Special Attributes: Each book:
*Retains its original, uniquely colored dust jacket (there is a miniature image of the Eye of Sauron on the back side of each dust jacket)
*Safely stores away inside the original boxed protective slipcase with pasted-on title
*Has decorated clothbound black covers with the Eye of Sauron ornamentally impressed on each front cover in a vibrantly bright color that matches its respective dust jacket - these colors are light orange (The Fellowship of the Ring), dark orange (The Two Towers), and purple (The Return of the King)
*Contains endbands (headbands and tailbands)
*Has gold/gilt lettering on spines, dust covers, and boxed slipcase title paste-on
*Has top endpages that are color coordinated to match the colors of each volume’s respective dust jacket as well as the color used for the impressed Eye of Sauron design on each cloth cover of either light orange, dark orange, or purple
Provenance: This particular set of books was acquired from the estate of a prominent British art and books antiquarian dealer by the name of Thomas E. Schuster, who was the owner of the Antiquarius Book Shop in England. This prestigious gentleman was a London dealer in rare old books and prints, a goodly number of which we also acquired at the same time as this purchase.
Foreword: J. R. R. Tolkien
*Clothbound hardcovers with illustrated paper dust jackets, as issued
*Gold/gilt lettering on spines and covers
*Black boxed protective slipcase for storing the books
Dust Jacket(s)/Protected Boxed Slipcase: Yes! All three dust jackets are present, as issued, along with the boxed slipcase protector.
*The colors of each dust jacket are as follows:
Volume 1: The Fellowship of the Ring (being the first part of The Lord of the Rings) = light orange
Volume 2: The Two Towers (being the second part of The Lord of the Rings) = dark fire/flaming orange (though it photographs closer to red, it’s actual coloration is much more interesting than that)
Volume 3: The Return of the King (being the third part of The Lord of the Rings) = purple
*The color of the pasted-on label of the black boxed slipcase is a softly muted red.
Price: There is no price referenced on the interiors of any of the dust jackets, and nothing has been clipped.
Year/Date of Publication: Each volume contains a stated 1965 publication date.
Publisher/Printer & Location Published/Printed: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston; The Riverside Press, Cambridge
Edition: Each volume is a stated Second Edition (2nd Edition) Revised Edition. That being said, the back cover of each book does contain a tiny square-shaped book club indented impression in the lower right area just above the bottom edge adjacent to the spine.
But for the book club indented impression on the back cover of each book, it would be difficult to determine that these are book club editions, if that is indeed what they are, as there is nothing but the highest of quality materials used, from the clothbound covers with their stunning Eye of Sauron colorful impressions, to the gilded spines and dust jackets, to the durable pages, to the color dyed top endpages, to the top and bottom headbands, to the sturdiness of the boxed slipcase, to the appropriateness of the size of the books.
Printing/Impression: Each volume contains a stated printing.
*Volume 1: The Fellowship of the Ring (being the first part of The Lord of the Rings) is a 9th printing
*Volume 2: The Two Towers (being the second part of The Lord of the Rings) is an 8th printing
*Volume 3: The Return of the King (being the third part of The Lord of the Rings) is an 8th printing
*Volume 1: The Fellowship of the Ring (being the first part of The Lord of the Rings) ISBN #0395-08254-4
*Volume 2: The Two Towers (being the second part of The Lord of the Rings) ISBN #0-395-08255-2
*Volume 3: The Return of the King (being the third part of The Lord of the Rings) ISBN #0-395-08256-0
Other Numbering: On the back side of each dust jacket in the lower right-hand corner is a set of numbers that differs for each book.
*Volume 1: The Fellowship of the Ring (being the first part of The Lord of the Rings) = #6-97071
*Volume 2: The Two Towers (being the second part of The Lord of the Rings) = #6-97072
*Volume 3: The Return of the King (being the third part of The Lord of the Rings) = #6-97073
Page Count/Total Numbered Pages: None of the books are formally numbered.
*Volume 1: The Fellowship of the Ring (being the first part of The Lord of the Rings) is 423 pages
*Volume 2: The Two Towers (being the second part of The Lord of the Rings) is 352 pages
*Volume 3: The Return of the King (being the third part of The Lord of the Rings) is 440 pages
Ex-Library/Ex-Remainder Volume(s): No!
*Each book measures 9" H x 6" W
*Boxed slipcase measures 9 ½" H x 6 1/4" Deep x 3 7/8" W
Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
Quantity: One (1) boxed slipcase set of three (3) books
Condition Summary (kindly also refer to “Grading Scale” below as well as any/all photos): Contains book club indented impression on back covers.
*Books - Near Fine
*Dust Jackets - Very Good
*Boxed Slipcase - Very good
*Exterior Covers & Edges: The black cloth covers are pristinely clean and odor-free, exhibiting no handling wear, and the impressed Eye of Sauron colorful ornamentation thereon is exquisitely vibrant and intact.
There is no shelf-wear evident on any of the books, and all corners are beautifully sharp.
These books have been well and fully protected by their dust jackets and boxed slipcase all these years.
The lower right-hand area adjacent to the spine where the book club indented impression appears on the back covers of two of the books (The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers) has a very slight horizontal raised “ridge” just above the edge.
*Binding(s)/Spine(s): Each book appears to either have never been used/read or only very carefully so, with bindings that remain sound and tightly intact.
The gilded/gold lettering on the spine of each book looks brand new.
*Interior Contents: All pages are present and intact (there are none missing, ripped, torn or loose). Crisply clean pages remain bright and sharp-cornered, exhibiting NO: corner folds or creases, writing, notes, marginalia, highlighting, age toning/coloration, foxing, markings, water damage, staining, or odors of any kind.
*Dust Jacket(s)/DJ(s): All the dust jackets are intact, with only minor condition factors as follows:
*Condition factors common to all three (3) of the jackets are: very minor, nominal upper and lower edge wear
*Condition factors unique to each individual book’s dust jacket are as follows:
Volume 2: The Two Towers (being the second part of The Lord of the Rings) exhibits a less than 1/4" vertical tear on the upper leftmost edge on the front cover of the dust jacket
Volume 3: The Return of the King (being the third part of The Lord of the Rings) exhibits edge wear/rubbing on the back portion of the dust jacket adjacent to the fore-edge of the book where white is showing through the purple color of the dust jacket
*Boxed Slipcase: Remains fully and solidly intact, with some minor bumping-like creasing to the lower left-hand side corner of the opening.
***CONDITION GRADING SCALE:
AS NEW; FINE; MINT: Without faults or defects.
NEAR FINE: A book approaching FINE (or AS NEW or MINT) but with a couple of very minor defects or faults, which must be noted.
[NOTE: From here on, there may be "+ (Plus)" or "- (Minus)" in a grade, which will mean that it is above the grade noted but not quite to the next higher grade for "+", and that it is below the grade noted but not quite to the next lower grade for "-", i.e., Very Good + (or Plus)/Very Good - (or Minus). Which means the book is better than Very Good and the dust jacket grade is less than Very Good.]
VERY GOOD: A book showing some signs of wear. Any defects or faults must be noted.
GOOD: The average used book that is totally complete (as issued) and intact. Any defects must be noted.
FAIR: A worn book that has complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title page, etc. Any defects or faults must be noted.
POOR or READING COPY: A book that is sufficiently worn that its only merit is the complete text, which must be legible. Any missing maps or plates must be noted. May be soiled, scuffed, stained, or spotted, and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, etc.
EX-LIBRARY: Must always be designated as such no matter what the condition of the book.
BOOK CLUB: Must always be noted as such no matter what the condition of the book.
BINDING COPY: A book in which the text block, including illustrations, is complete but the binding is lacking, or in such poor condition it is beyond realistic restoration efforts.
REMAINDER MARKS, BOOKPLATES, PREVIOUS OWNER’S NAME: These are faults and must always be noted, if they apply.
Excerpted Online Research Information about The Lord of the Rings (attributed to Wikipedia.com): The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English author and scholar J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. Written in stages between 1937 and 1949, The Lord of the Rings is one of the best-selling novels ever written, with over 150 million copies sold.
The title of the novel refers to the story's main antagonist, the Dark Lord Sauron, who had in an earlier age created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power as the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth. From quiet beginnings in the Shire, a hobbit land not unlike the English countryside, the story ranges across Middle-earth, following the course of the War of the Ring through the eyes of its characters, not only the hobbits Frodo Baggins, Samwise "Sam" Gamgee, Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck and Peregrin "Pippin" Took, but also the hobbits' chief allies and travelling companions: the Men, Aragorn, a Ranger of the North, and Boromir, a Captain of Gondor; Gimli, a Dwarf warrior; Legolas Greenleaf, an Elven prince; and Gandalf, a wizard.
The work was initially intended by Tolkien to be one volume of a two-volume set, the other to be The Silmarillion, but this idea was dismissed by his publisher. For economic reasons, The Lord of the Rings was published in three volumes over the course of a year from 29 July 1954 to 20 October 1955. The three volumes were titled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. Structurally, the novel is divided internally into six books, two per volume, with several appendices of background material included at the end. Some editions combine the entire work into a single volume. The Lord of the Rings has since been reprinted numerous times and translated into 38 languages.
Tolkien's work has been the subject of extensive analysis of its themes and origins. Although a major work in itself, the story was only the last movement of a larger epic Tolkien had worked on since 1917, in a process he described as mythopoeia. Influences on this earlier work, and on the story of The Lord of the Rings, include philology, mythology, religion and the author's distaste for the effects of industrialization, as well as earlier fantasy works and Tolkien's experiences in World War I. The Lord of the Rings in its turn is considered to have had a great effect on modern fantasy; the impact of Tolkien's works is such that the use of the words "Tolkienian" and "Tolkienesque" have been recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary.
The enduring popularity of The Lord of the Rings has led to numerous references in popular culture, the founding of many societies by fans of Tolkien's works, and the publication of many books about Tolkien and his works. The Lord of the Rings has inspired, and continues to inspire, artwork, music, films and television, video games, board games, and subsequent literature. Award-winning adaptations of The Lord of the Rings have been made for radio, theatre, and film. In 2003, it was named Britain's best novel of all time in the BBC's The Big Read.
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Title: The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien Hobbit Books Trilogy Boxed Slipcase Set with Dust Jackets 1965 2nd Edition Revised Houghton Mifflin Company ***USPS PRIORITY MAIL SHIPPING INCLUDED – DOMESTIC ORDERS ONLY!***
Categories: Antiquarian, Rare, Unusual & Special Interest,
Edition/Printing: 2nd Revised
Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1965
Size: 9 x 6
lbs: 6.00 1 lbs
Seller ID: Lord of the Rings Trilogy Boxed Books Set