New York: Ballantine, 1965. Barbara Remington. First Paperback Edition. Original wraps. 4 1/4 X 7 Inches. Very Good. Item #2357
Stated "First Printing" copies of ALL THREE of the original 1965 Ballantine Lord of the Rings books. While the ACE paperback books of the same year actually beat Ballantine to the market, these three books are the FIRST authorized paperback editions! The ACE books were essentially pirated books. Contains the Statement from Tolkien on last page of text - "This paperback edition, and not other, has been published with my conssent and co-operation. Those who approve of courtesy (at least) to living authors will purchase it, and no other." J.R.R. Tolkien
Scattered toning and foxing throughout. Covers a bit creased and worn at edges and hinges. Spines exhibit wear and a bit of paper loss. Set has been loved, but well cared for overall. Thumbing through the books, I see one page with a small closed tear. Cover artwork by Barbara Remington.