|The Lord of the Rings.
Deluxe India Paper Edition 1969.
George Allen & Unwin.
ISBN 004823091X (from 1972).
Hardback. Issued in a slipcase.
Cover illustration based on a design by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Page Ref.: pp.143-144.
The map showing A Part of The Shire appears on page 30. The 1954 version of the map of The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age is inserted on a fold-out sheet at the rear. The Map of Gondor, Rohan and Mordor is inserted on a fold-out sheet opposite page 770.
Four impressions issued before the slipcase was replaced by a box:
1st Impression 1969 – issued in a slipcase
2nd Impression 1972 – issued in a slipcase
3rd Impression 1974 – issued in a slipcase
4th Impression 1974 – issued in a slipcase or box*
* Copies have been seen in both slipcases and boxes. In 1974 the slipcase was replaced by a box with a printed label on the lid. Presumably the decision had been made to replace the slipcase with a box, but existing stocks of slipcases were used up before the change was made.
Details of the 2nd Impression are not recorded in later impressions.
The book can be seen here.
One copy has been seen with blank pages throughout and two blank map sheets inserted at the rear. The binding design is identical to the published edition but the slipcase lacks the thumb slot present in the standard slipcase. This is possibly a salesman's dummy copy used to garner sales before publication, or maybe a proof version of the binding and slipcase.
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