J. R. R. Tolkien | First Editions
1892 - 1973
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, is best remembered for the creation of 'Middle Earth' and the series of legends and adventures set within, beginning with the acclaimed children's tale The Hobbit (1936) and continuing through the epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954-5) and the posthumously published mythopoeic volume The Silmarilion (1977).
His debut novel The Hobbit is a much-loved masterpiece, and seldom has any book been so widely read and loved as this classic story; its hero, Bilbo Baggins, has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals: Alice, Pooh, Toad... Tolkien's 'Middle-Earth' is a vast mine of treasures and knowledge, its roots delving deep into folklore, mythology and language, and The Hobbit is an ideal introduction to this richly imagined world, which was more fully and complexly realised in 'The Rings' series. This fantastical trilogy, comprising The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers and The Return of the King is regarded as one of the greatest works of the twentieth century, containing amazing details of a new mythology, never really surpassed. It is the basis for the hugely successful film series directed by Peter Jackson, 'The Return'  winning a record 11 Oscars from 11 nominations.
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London: The Folio Society, 1997. [Fantasy Epic] ILLUSTRATED EDITION, third printing thus, and the first in this binding. Complete in three volumes. Octavo (24 x 16cm), pp. 459 ; pp. 372 ; pp.487 . Each volume with wood engraved frontispiece and chapter head pieces by Fraser and Grathmer. Publisher's green.....
Stockholm: Kooperativa Förbundets, 1947. [Children's Fantasy] FIRST SWEDISH EDITION, being the first foreign language edition. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.269;  blank. With illustrations by Tarbjörn. Publisher's cloth-backed illustrated boards, endpaper maps. A few small marks to page edges, one or two short tears within (printed on thin paper), light.....
London: George Allen & Unwin, 1978 and 1980. [Fantasy Epic] SECOND EDITION, later impressions. Three volumes. Octavo (23 x 15 x 11cm), pp. 423 ; pp.352; pp.440. With a folding map at the rear of each volume. Publisher's burgundy cloth with gilt titles to spines; top edges a matching shade.....