The Lord of the Rings by J. First Revised Paperback Edition with Green Slipcase. The Fellowship of the Ring: 3rd Printing, November, 1965. The Two Towers: 2nd Printing, November, 1965.
The Return of the King: 2nd Printing, November, 1965. Boxed set : First state green slipcase - this was the first slipcase to be used with this first authorized paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings. Each book went through approximately 40 printings before the cover art was changed to artwork by J. The first British paperback edition came out later in 1968 in one volume; the first three-volume British paperback edition did not appear until 1974.Earlier in 1965 Ace Books released an edition of The Lord of the Rings without the consent of J. Tolkien took this opportunity to revise and correct the text of the three books and released this revised edition in October, 1965 in efforts to replace the unauthorized edition. He also wrote a new foreword, replacing the foreword from the first edition.
The first box state was produced only once, coinciding with the release of The Return of the King in December of 1965, and it is reported to have been an afterthought. In the mad rush to get an authorized PB edition into print after Ace published an unauthorized edition, someone did eventually realize that a box might attract holiday shoppers - but there was little time to give thought to its design. The plain green slipcase isn't fancy or sturdy - but it is quite rare. The BRem cover version of The Hobbit was not included.
When you set the three books side by side, the covers form one continuous landscape. Remington was not given opportunity to read the books before the art would be needed, so her "Wilderland" painting is only vaguely related to the text. This is often called the "Dolphin Edition", because the covers display the Houghton Mifflin logo on the front. For more collectible Tolkien books please see my other listings at. See pictures and description for condition and please feel free to ask questions and/or request more pictures.
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