Tolkien Lord Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1st, all 1967 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1st, all 1967 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1st, all 1967 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1st, all 1967 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1st, all 1967 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1st, all 1967 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1st, all 1967 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1st, all 1967 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1st, all 1967 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing    J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1st, all 1967 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing
All 1967 2nd edition, 2nd printing. 1966 was the first printing of the second edition, but they failed to make all the correction. Professor Tolkien insisted they re-print them immediately. Thereafter we see all the key text changes and it remain as we see them today other than correction of typoes. Both the first and second printings are must-haves for any collection. They later printings were just re-prints and not as important as far as content corrections. Note, the second printings do not have the correction tot he title errors on the jacket flaps, one of the ways to identify a true 1966 set. This is an exception set with very little chipping to jackets. Some crease lines and minor chipping to spine ends. The spine titles are clear and white, often slightly faded to off-white.

Books are read several times but no serious flaws. They have the owners name to each end pages indicating a beloved set kept together.

The overall condition is the most important factor to the value. As good as set as you'll find as the early second editions are now very scarce. As Tolkien book collecting grows in popularity, the availability of collectible/investment original condition books and jackets disappears. It is not just the printing/edition that matters to the value, but that serious collectors want only the best condition.

Books with damaged jackets or even no jackets at all, are now increasing in price, driving up the price of complete and better condition copies. That's how important condition is to value. Unlike other genre's, the market for Tolkien early editions is quite mature and well established.

It is not a matter of waiting for a better copy to come along. There aren't going to be any! There are no more hiding in the attic or charity shops. People sell off their more worn copies when they upgrade and now leave their collections to their children.

We've been a specialist dealer for 20 years. Some examples that were plentiful just two years ago are now completely gone or only the dregs appear. First editions The Lord of the Rings and Hobbits remain the most in demand.


J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1st, all 1967 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing    J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1st, all 1967 2nd Edition, 2nd Printing