Boston New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. J.R.R. Tolkien. First American Edition, First Printing of the 50th Anniversary Edition. Leather with gilt-stamping. Thick tall 8vo (9 7/8" x 6 1/2"x 2 7/8" slipcase" / 9 3/8" x 6 3/8" x 2 1/2" book), full black leather with bright gold lettering & bright red initials of JRRT, with elaborate bright gold-&-red design by Tolkien on front cover & facsimile of his signature in gold on rear cover, all edges gilt [a.e.g.], illustrated with 4-page glossy photo of "Leaves from the Book of Mazarbul (fol. p.320), two attached foldout maps at front and rear, red ribbon page marker, red endpapers, xxv, [xxvi: blank] + 1157 pages Leather [leatherette?] slipcase with 7-tiered castle drawn by Tokien on plate (5" x 3" recto) & Title / "50th Anniversary lEdition" abel (5" x 3" verso), Weight: 4 1/2 lbs. Extra postage charges possible. Fine / Fine in slipcase. Item #4711
John R. R. Tolkien, CBE FRSL (1892 – 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, accomplished amateur illustrator, and Oxford university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
He served as Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College, Oxford, (1925 to 1945), and Professor of English at Merton College, Oxford, (1945 to 1959). A skilled illustrator and distinguished scholar of Anglo-Saxon, Tolkien was also at one time a close friend of C. S. Lewis—they were both members of the now famed literary discussion group known as the "Inklings."
EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION internally and externally! Very slight wrinkling at top of spine. Front map has a minute tear at its juncture with a free endpaper. Fine slipcase.
First published in England by HarperCollins in 2004.