Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien Authorized Edition PB Box Set 1966


  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books, NY, 1966
  • Binding: Soctcover
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 4to
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Rare complete Box Set of the First Authorized edition of The Lord of the Rings, in original box original artwork. Later editions has a new artwork for the Box while maintaining the cover’s artwork and addition of Ballantine’s logo on vol. 2 and vol. 3 covers.
An attractive early edition of the Authorized Box Set:

  • Vol. 1 (7th printing), cover nearly split at front hinge. Rubbing at spine’s edges, small chip at bottom corner.
  • Vol. 2 (5th printing), in fine condition.
  • Vol. 3 (4th printing). an 1″ tear to the bottom of the title page, not affecting text. Else in Near Fine condition.

Binding tight, square, internally fine, unmarked. Box is worn around the edges, tanned. Books square, internally clean & bright, unmarked. All books appear in unread condition. Overall a VG Set.

In spring 1965, Ace Books published a PB pirated edition of the Lord of the Rings.  Tolkien took notice and conducted a personal campaign against Ace Books in letters to his American fans.

The “War over Middle-earth’ was fought in the popular press, with the publicity contributing to increased sales and popularity.
Within a year, Ace gave in to public pressure. They agreed to print no more copies, and they negotiated royalties to be paid to Tolkien.

This Box Set is the First Authorized paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings, published in 1966 with additional materials by Tolkien.

Over fifty years, J.R.R. Tolkien’s peerless fantasy has accumulated worldwide acclaim as the greatest adventure tale ever written. No other writer has created a world as distinct as Middle-earth, complete with its own geography, history, languages, and legends. And no one has created characters as endearing as Tolkien’s large-hearted, hairy-footed hobbits. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings continues to seize the imaginations of readers of all ages, and this new three-volume paperback edition is designed to appeal to the youngest of them.

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