371. Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, first impressions, vol.3 third state with sagging text and signature '4' to p.49 and unbroken 'Men' on p.281, folding maps, light browning to endpapers, original cloth, spine ends slightly bumped, otherwise near-fine, dust-jackets, vol.3 dust-jacket second state with review quotes to lower flap, slight browning to spines, vol.1 with small damp-stain to head of lower panel, vol.3 with short closed tear and light creasing to head of lower panel, short splits to head of joints and lower fore-edge, but overall a near-fine set, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, 1954-55.
est. £15000 – £20000
A superb set of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, the inspiration and template for many subsequent writers within the fantasy genre.