The Complete History of Middle-earth: Part 2 - The Lord of the Rings: Lord of the Rings Pt. 2

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9780007105069: The Complete History of Middle-earth: Part 2 - The Lord of the Rings: Lord of the Rings Pt. 2

A new one-volume deluxe, cloth- and leather-bound edition of the four volumes of The History of The Lord of the Rings, printed on India paper and set in a slipcase.

J.R.R. Tolkien is famous the world over for his unique literary creation, exemplified in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. What is less well known, however, is that he also produced a vast amount of further material that greatly expands upon the stories that were published, and which herein gives added life to the tales of the hobbits, Gandalf and the quest of the Fellowship as told in The Lord of the Rings.

It was to this enormous task of literary construction that Tolkien’s youngest son and literary heir, Christopher, applied himself to produce the monumental and endlessly fascinating series of twelve books, The History of Middle-earth.

This brand new collector’s edition brings together volumes VI – IX of The History of Middle-earth – The Return of the Shadow, The Treason of Isengard, The War of the Ring and Sauron Defeated – into one volume. Together these books give a fascinating and complete account of the writing of The Lord of the Rings, and provide the reader with numerous additional scenes, together with rare maps and illustrations, which never made it into the final book, including the epilogue in its entirety.

Bound in black leather and cloth, and set in a matching cloth-bound slipcase, this deluxe edition hardback is limited to just 1,000 copies and has been printed on fine India paper in order to bring the 1,700 pages of material down to a manageable-sized book.

Epic in scope and extent, this second deluxe volume of a planned trilogy will present the reader with a unique opportunity to complement their copies of the deluxe editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with a once-in-a-lifetime limited collector’s hardback.

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Tolkien completists will just have to have this beautiful History of Middle Earth II in their collection. This luxuriously presented limited edition book is the middle part of the History of JRR Tolkien's vast fantasy epic Lord of the Rings and contains early drafts, alternative versions of events that took place in the story along with maps and illustrations not found in the original. Exhaustive research by Tolkien's son Christopher has resulted in a rich and detailed account of the most popular book ever written and this edition, presented in an embossed slip case and printed on gold-edged india paper, does true justice to the lasting nature of the subject matter. It may seem pricey and is really only for Tolkien completists, but this handsome edition will be treasured for years to come. Part One of the History is already available and Part Three is publishing in Autumn 2001. --Jonathan Weir

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‘One marvels anew at the depth, breadth and persistence of J.R.R. Tolkien’s labour. No one sympathetic to his aims – the invention of a secondary universe – will want to miss this chance to be present at the creation.’
Publishers Weekly

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Tolkien, Christopher
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Book Description Harpercollins, London, 2001. Quarter Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Very Good Book (couple of indentations to spine - see extra photos attached - couple of loose threads to cloth) in Very Good Slipcase (some wear, scratches, handling marks, dust marks to slipcase). Deluxe Edition Limited to 1000 Copies Worldwide. Quarter Bound in Black Leather in a Cloth Covered Slipcase. Book is printed on India Paper. See attached photos. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Limited Deluxe Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 000202

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Book Description Harper Collins, London, 2001. Quarter Leather. Book Condition: Near Fine. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). Limited. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Harper Collins Publishers, the 1st printing of 2001, The Deluxe Limited Edition, limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Comprised of the middle 4 books of the History of Middle Earth Series, edited by Christopher Tolkien, and printed on India Paper. Quarter Bound in Black Leather with Gilt title, Author, Publisher and Tolkien Monogram to the spine. Matching in size and design the Harper Collins Limited Editions of the Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and The Hobbit. Has the large Tolkien Monogram to the front boards. Housed in original publishers cloth slipcase with the Tolkien Monogram on the exterior, matching the gilt design on the book. All edges gilded. An beautiful copy, pages are clean and bright, no mars to the gilded edges. Near Fine book in Near Fine slipcase, only most minor fingerprints or dustmarks noted. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / No Jacket, as Issued. Bookseller Inventory # 1269

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Book Description Allen & Unwin/Unwin Hyman/Harper Collins, London, 1983. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The History of Middle Earth, Volumes 1 - 12. A complete History of Middle Earth, in Twelve Volumes. All 12 volumes in Near Fine condition in Near Fine dustjackets. Only the lightest of rubbing to the dustjackets, no chipping or loss to any. #11 The War of the Jewels has a small closed tear to the upper edge of the front panel of the dustjacket, small amount of color loss. An outstanding set for the collector. Allen and Unwin first printings of the first 4 volumes housed in a black leather slipcase with ribbon pull, Unwin Hyman first printings of the second 4 volumes housed in a black leather slipcase with ribbon pull, and Harper Collins first printings of the final 4 volumes, housed in a matching black leather slipcase with a silk ribbon pull. None of the 12 volumes are price clipped. Points of issue on the 12 books are as follows: No price on dustjacket #7, #9, & #10. Price on dustjackets #2 (price A&U label, partially peeled off), #1 & #4 (A&U price label), #3, #5, #6, #8, #11, & #12, all priced and not clipped. No names or writing in any of the books. No foxing or offsetting in any of the books. The first four books, published by Allen & Unwin have the topstain on the top edge. The final 2 volumes have the slightest toning to the edges of the text block as is so often found, #11 & #12, still much less than the norm. Edited by Christopher Tolkien from his father's manuscripts, detailing the evolution of Tolkien's life long works dealing with Middle Earth. The black leather slipcases are fully lined with felt, feature a silk ribbon pull, gilt stamped JRRT monogram, History of Middle Earth, Tolkien, and publisher to the sides of the cases. A beautiful presentation of this set of books. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / Near Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 1685

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