London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 1991. [Fantasy Classic] SIGNED FIRST LEE-ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Octavo (25 x 17cm), pp.1193 . With 50 colour plates illustrated by Lee, including a frontispiece, and six maps at rear. SIGNED by the illustrator in black ink to half-title. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt titles to spine, a gilt Tolkien monogram to upper, and peach endpapers. With the dust-jacket also illustrated by Lee, priced at £30.00. Some light bumps and marks to cloth and jacket. Jacket slightly sunned, but red remains bright. Very good. A special edition with illustrations commissioned to celebrate the centenary of Tolkien's birth in 1992. Several years later, Lee worked with John Howe to develop the visual concept of Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' film trilogy. Item #59596
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