THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, by J.R.R. Tolkien - 1954 [1st Am. ed., 15th printing, DJ]


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The Fellowship of the Ring:

Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings

by J.R.R. Tolkien

jacket illustrated by Walter Lorraine 

First American edition, fifteenth printing.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company, [1954]  

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition, with a GOOD DJ under Mylar.

  • Mid-blue cloth covers are mostly clean, with gilt text. 
  • Boards show some smudges, a scuff at head edge, edgewear.  Corners are bumped and scuffed.  See photos. 
  • Spine has gilt text dimmed and is a little faded, with crushed ends.
  • Binding is strong. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have some light foxing, staining, marginal toning.  See photos. 
  • Foldout map at back cover is present and in good condition.  See photos.  
  • Interior is gently age-toned, exhibits some smudges, a mark in the margin at pg. 380.  See photos.  
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges have some dust, a few marks, are foxed.  See photos. 
  • DJ is nicely preserved behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper.
  • Illustrated DJ has some staining at back cover, cracking & chipping at corners, spine, return folds.  Chipping and edgewear at foot; a closed tear at head.  See photos. 
  • PS2023.0907

423 pages. 5.5 x 8.75 inches.

A copy of the first volume of the first American edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's heroic romance.  Dust jacket features illustration by Walter Lorraine and a preview of the three-part epic that starts with the present volume. 

Fifteenth printing of the First Edition, therefore issued after October 1954.  Printed at The Riverside Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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