An Illustrated Tolkien Bibliography

The First Boxed Edition
First State - 1957
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The First Boxed Edition

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The Lord of the Rings.
J.R.R. Tolkien.
1st Edition, 6th/5th/3rd Impressions 1956/57/57.
George Allen & Unwin.
Hardbacks in slipcase.
Hammond Page Ref: p.98.

The maps are inserted on fold-out sheets at the rear of each volume.

Image opposite courtesy of

First state of the slipcase.

Available 1957 to 1958.
Price: 63s.

500 sets produced.

Boxed October 1957.

Slipcases manufactured by C. Davidson & Sons.

Covered with grey textured paper.
Price printed on label.
Three piece construction.
No staples.
Uses thinner board than later states.

Includes 1956-57 impressions:

FR - 6th Impression 1956
TT - 5th Impression 1957
RK - 3rd Impression 1957

The 6th Impression 1956 of FR misidentifies itself as the 5th Impression December 1956.

First State - 1957
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