1959, 60's Impressions 8,7,6 A lovely first edition set. Uniform darkening to jacket spine colours, but no tattering to spine ends or other paper loss to the jackets.
Books have no serious flaws, gilt bright, pages clean. Fellowship has small stain to cover, RotK has a shading line to jacket cover.
Wear and color is to all jackets is uniform indicating they have been kept together as a set. These early impressions are increasingly hard to find without much more wear and tear, especially to the dust jackets which are often damaged, restored or laminated making them worthless. Please note, all our listing are on other sites and could sell anytime.
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.
This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "dogfark" and is located in this country: GB.
This item can be shipped worldwide.