London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1961-1963. First Editions, Early Impressions. Hardcover. FIRST EDITIONS, early impressions. Three volumes. Octavo, original red cloth titled and stamped in gilt on spines. 423 + 351 + 416 pp; Folding maps at rear of each volume. Volume One is the First Edition, Tenth Impression of 1961 (3,750 copies printed); Volume Two is the First Edition, Tenth Impression from 1963 (6,500 copies printed), and Volume Three is the First Edition, Tenth impression of 1963 (8,500 copies printed). A good to very good set, lacking the dust jackets (but with fine facsimile dust jackets present). FELLOWSHIP has fading to the red dye on top page edges, light fading to spine, lightly browned endpapers and an ink inscription "For Douglas from Diana September 7th, 1961" on the front free endpaper. TWO TOWERS is a little spotted on the top page edges, a bit faded along the spine, , slightly leaned and with the ink name "Caroline Hamilton '65" on the front free endpaper. RETURN has heavier spotting and fading to the top page edges, light fading to spine panel, light marks to cloth, small "Foyles" bookstore ticket and a longish inscription on white paper affixed to the front paste-down: "To Dearest Caroline, I'm sorry this is a bit dull and unimaginative - but there you are....". Overall, a decent set of later printings of the First Editions, issued before the text was revised in 1966. Item #311617
¶ The First Edition of the last classic. A fantastical trilogy, The Lord of the Rings is one of the greatest books of the twentieth century, containing amazing details of a new mythology, never really surpassed.