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Details about  Fellowship of the Ring UK 1954 1st Edition 1st Impression!! J.R.R. Tolkien

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Fellowship of the Ring UK 1954 1st Edition 1st Impression!! J.R.R. Tolkien
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Jan 30, 2012
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US $2,550.00
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Holden, United States


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Last updated on  Jan 24, 2012 18:00:22 PST  View all revisions

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Binding: Hardcover w/Jacket Year Printed: 1954
Subject: Literature & Fiction Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Topic: Fantasy Origin: English

This auction is for a rare first printing of the first UK edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring."  Published in 1954 by George Allen & Unwin Ltd., printed by Jarrold & Sons Limited.  This is one of only 3000 first impression copies printed. The book is in remarkably good condition, with bright red boards, dark red topstain, and bright gold gilt title to the spine.  Corners, as well as top and bottom of spine show very minor wear.  Only the slightest spine lean.  Internally, the book is very nice and clean.  It is free of inscriptions and markings of any sort.  There is a small 1.5" tear in the middle of the half title page, near the spine (see photo).  There is also some tanning to the front and rear free endpages that likely corresponds to where the dust jacket had been taped with cello-tape at some point.  However, this tanning is confined to these two pages and does not affect the text.  Other than these points, the book itself is beautiful.  The large fold-out map is present in the rear of the book, and it is in excellent condition, appearing unused.  The dust jacket for this book is original, though not in good condition.  It shows heavy repair with cello-tape in the past, and the front and rear flaps are detached.  There is significant loss at the top and bottom of the spine of the jacket.  Despite these problems, the jacket is unclipped and still bears the original price of 21s net, and restoration may be worthwhile.  Overall, this is a great example of a first impression Fellowship.  Please email for additional information or photos.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to pick up a first printing copy of the Fellowship of the Ring for a bargain price.  I have started this auction at $0.99 with no reserve. Shipping will be free within the United States, $8.00 to Canada, $20.00 to Europe/UK.  Rest assured that the book will be well packaged and protected.  I will post within 1 business day of payment received.  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.  Thanks for looking at my auction, and please look at my others.  I will be listing a 1954 first UK printing of The Two Towers, as well as a 1954 first US printing of the Fellowship of the Ring.

Note about us....  We also now have our own online store.  Telperion Books is a small book dealership, located in New England, specializing in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.  We have numerous deluxe editions, signed editions, and first editions for sale.  Please visit us on the web! 



On Jan-24-12 at 18:00:22 PST, seller added the following information:

Added high resolution images of the title and copyright pages, as well as the dust jacket.  Please see the last three images.   

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