The Lord of the Rings

being The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King

TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

SIGNED BY TOLKIEN FOR HIS ROYALTIES ACCOUNTANT

TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings being The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King

Allen & Unwin, 1965.

Three volumes. Signed by Tolkien to the title pages of each volume. The first volume is a second impression of the second edition (1967), the other two are eleventh impressions (1965). Each volume in original red cloth with gilt titles on the spine and all in the second edition's dustwrappers. Fold out maps to the rear of each volume, printed in red and black, drawn by Christopher Tolkien. A very good set indeed, in very good dustwrappers.

A good association copy of Tolkien's epic work of fantasy, inscribed for the accountant in charge of paying his royalties.
In July 1972, Tolkien reported to his son Christopher of a rare visit to the offices of Allen & Unwin:
"A car was sent for me and I went to the new offices... of Allen & Unwin. To this I paid a kind of official visitation, like a minor royalty, and was somewhat startled to discover the main business of all this organisation of many departments was dealing with my works... Accountancy told me that sales of The Hobbit were rocketing up into hitherto unreached heights" (11th July 1972).
It is conceivable that it was on this visit that he signed this set of The Lord Of The Rings for Abbott.

PROVENANCE: Signed by J.R.R. Tolkien for K.A.M. Abbott, a royalties accountant at his publisher George Allen & Unwin.

Stock ID: 44153

£37,500.00

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