London: George Allen and Unwin, 1969. [Fantasy Classic] SECOND EDITION, later impressions. Three volumes. Octavo (24 x 16 x 10cm), pp.; 423; ; pp.352; pp.440. Each volume complete with the folding maps at rear. Fourth impressions, all printed in 1969. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to spine. With the original green illustrated dust-jackets, titled in black, white and red. Top edges of volumes II and III red. Presented in a black fleece-lined slipcase with a black ribbon pull. Light toning to textblocks and edges. Toning to jacket spines, with rubbing to jacket edges and joints. Chipping and rubbing to spine heads and tails. Very good. 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. Basis for the epic film series directed by Peter Jackson, 'The Return'  winning a record 11 Oscars from 11 nominations. Item #51266
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