These are now so rare in any condition, it seems unkind to be critical of their condition at all. The dust jackets are grubby and spotty (old mould), paper lose to FotR spine ends, with closed tears at the lower seams which have been held together with clear acid free archival tape. There is a crease across the front cover as shown. FotR book has more darkening to the clothe spine than TT and RotK. By the later first edition printings, collectors knew to take better care of them and did.
The print runs also got bigger with each later printings.. Nicer early printing sets simply aren't coming on the market anymore. They go into collections and never come out, passed from one generation to the next. It's listed on other sites and being offered to our client base.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.