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The Lord of the Rings, prima edizione inglese 1954-1955



Ecco una prima edizione inglese del Signore degli Anelli 4°, 2° e 9° impressione della trilogia 
E' una edizione in ottimo stato con alcune imperfezioni presenti sulla sovraccoperta de The Fellowship of the Ring e The Return of the King. Per il resto sono quasi perfette.



The Fellowship of the Ring
di J.R.R. Tolkien
1° edizione 1954, 4° imp. 1955
George Allen and Unwin, Londra
Rilegatop con sovraccoperta
Illustrazione di copertina basato su un disegno di J.R.R. Tolkien

Note
La mappa A Part of The Shire è stampata accanto alla pagina 24. La Mappa The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age del 1954 è stampata su un foglio pieghevole sul retro.

1° impr. luglio 1954
3° impr. gennaio 1955 - 500 copie
4° impr. Novembre 1955







The Two Towers
di J.R.R. Tolkien
1° edizione 1954, 2° impr. 1955
George Allen and Unwin, Londra
Rilegatop con sovraccoperta
Illustrazione di copertina basato su un disegno di J.R.R. Tolkien

Note
La Mappa The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age del 1954 è stampata su un foglio pieghevole sul retro.

1° impr. 1954




The Return of the King
di J.R.R. Tolkien
1° edizione 1955, 9° impr. 1962
George Allen and Unwin, Londra
Rilegatop con sovraccoperta
Illustrazione di copertina basato su un disegno di J.R.R. Tolkien

Note
La mappa A Part of The Shire è stampata accanto alla pagina 24. La Mappa di Gondor, Rohan and Mordor è stampata su un foglio pieghevole sul retro.

2° impr. novembre 1955
3° impr. gennaio, 1957
4° impr. maggio 1958
5° impr. 1959
6° impr. 1960
7° impr. 1961
8° impr. 1961
9° impr. 1962




The Fellowship of the Ring

Risvolto di copertina

Fourth Impression

The Lord of the Rings is not a book to be described in a few sentences. It is an heroic romance – ‘something which has scarcely been attempted on this scale since Spencer’s Faerie Queene, so one can ‘t praise the book by comparisons – there is nothing to compare it with. What can I say then?’ continue RICHARD HUGHES, ‘for width of imagination it almost beggars parallel, and it is nearly as remarkable for its vividness and for the narrative skill which carries the reader on, enthralled, for page after page.’
By an extraordinary feat of the imagination Mr. Tolkien has created, and maintains in every detail, a new mythology in an invented world. As for the story itself, ‘it’s really super science fiction’, declared NAOMI MITCHISON after reading the first part, The Fellowship of the Ring, ‘but it is timeless and will go on and on. It’s odd you know. One takes it completely seriously: as seriously as Malory’.
C.S. LEWIS in equally enthusiastic. ‘If Ariosto rivaled it in invention (in fact he does not) he would still lack its heroic seriousness. No imaginary world has been projected to its own inner laws; none so seemingly objective, so disinfected from the taint of an author’s merely individual psychology; none so relevant to the actual human situation yet so free from allegory. And what fine shading there is in the variations of style to meet the almost endless of scenes and characters – comic, homely, epic, monstrous, or diabolic.’
Spenser, Malory, Ariosto or Science Fiction? A flavor of all of them and a taste of its own. Only those who have read The Lord of the Rings will realize how impossible it is to convey all the qualities of a great book.
‘He has distilled elements of Norse, Teutonic and Celtic myth to make a strange but coherent world of his own, presented with a limpid joy in natural beauty and constant undertow of embodied terrors’. The Sunday Times

Retro di copertina

J.R.R. TOLKIEN

THE HOBBIT
Second Edition (Fifth Impression)
‘His wholly original story of adventure among goblins, elves and dragons … gives the impression of a well-informed glimpse into the life of a wide other-world; a world wholly real, and with a quite mattr-of-fact, supernatural natural-history of its own. It is a triumph that the genius Hobbit, which he himself has invented, rings just as real as the time-hallowed genera of Goblin, Troll, and Elf.’
New Statesman and Nation

‘Professor Tolkien’s finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls, in a spacious country of far-off and long ago … This is a full-length tale of traditional magic beings … The quest of the dragon’s treasure – rightfully the dwarves’ treasure – make an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, and, working up to devastating climax, war.’ Observer.

FARMER GILES OF HAM
‘Has that rare quality of fantasy smoothly blended with verisimilitude. Accordingly there is a peculiar charm in the adventures of the red-headed Giles and the wicked dragon Chrysophylax. The little drawings by Pauline Diana Baynes are as full of wit as the text.’ Tatler.

‘It is full of scholar’s wit, with graceful drawings entirely suited to the text, and will be appreciated by discriminating children of all ages.’ Sunday Times.

‘It has a peculiar appeal that is ageless.’ Manchester Evening Chronicle.

‘Reading it is a pleasant means of education.’ Sheffield Telegraph.

GEORGE ALLEN AND UNWIN LTD




The Two Towers

Risvolto di copertina


Second Impression

The Lord of the Rings is not a book to be described in a few sentences. It is an heroic romance – ‘something which has scarcely been attempted on this scale since Spencer’s Faerie Queene, so one can ‘t praise the book by comparisons – there is nothing to compare it with. What can I say then?’ continue RICHARD HUGHES, ‘for width of imagination it almost beggars parallel, and it is nearly as remarkable for its vividness and for the narrative skill which carries the reader on, enthralled, for page after page.’
By an extraordinary feat of the imagination Mr. Tolkien has created, and maintains in every detail, a new mythology in an invented world. As for the story itself, ‘it’s really super science fiction’, declared NAOMI MITCHISON after reading the first part, The Fellowship of the Ring, ‘but it is timeless and will go on and on. It’s odd you know. One takes it completely seriously: as seriously as Malory’.
C.S. LEWIS in equally enthusiastic. ‘If Ariosto rivaled it in invention (in fact he does not) he would still lack its heroic seriousness. No imaginary world has been projected to its own inner laws; none so seemingly objective, so disinfected from the taint of an author’s merely individual psychology; none so relevant to the actual human situation yet so free from allegory. And what fine shading there is in the variations of style to meet the almost endless of scenes and characters – comic, homely, epic, monstrous, or diabolic.’
Spenser, Malory, Ariosto or Science Fiction? A flavor of all of them and a taste of its own. Only those who have read The Lord of the Rings will realize how impossible it is to convey all the qualities of a great book.
‘Mr. Tolkien invention of strange peoples, curious incidents, miraculous doings, is poured out in this second volume … as exuberantly and convincingly, in a dream-like way, as ever. As the story goes on the world of the Ring grown more vast and mysterious and crowded with curious figures, horrible, delightful or comic. The story itself is superb.’ EDWIN MUIR in The Observer

Retro di copertina

J.R.R. TOLKIEN

THE HOBBIT
Second Edition (Fifth Impression)
‘His wholly original story of adventure among goblins, elves and dragons … gives the impression of a well-informed glimpse into the life of a wide other-world; a world wholly real, and with a quite mattr-of-fact, supernatural natural-history of its own. It is a triumph that the genius Hobbit, which he himself has invented, rings just as real as the time-hallowed genera of Goblin, Troll, and Elf.’
New Statesman and Nation

‘Professor Tolkien’s finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls, in a spacious country of far-off and long ago … This is a full-length tale of traditional magic beings … The quest of the dragon’s treasure – rightfully the dwarves’ treasure – make an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, and, working up to devastating climax, war.’ Observer.

FARMER GILES OF HAM
‘Has that rare quality of fantasy smoothly blended with verisimilitude. Accordingly there is a peculiar charm in the adventures of the red-headed Giles and the wicked dragon Chrysophylax. The little drawings by Pauline Diana Baynes are as full of wit as the text.’ Tatler.

‘It is full of scholar’s wit, with graceful drawings entirely suited to the text, and will be appreciated by discriminating children of all ages.’ Sunday Times.

‘It has a peculiar appeal that is ageless.’ Manchester Evening Chronicle.

‘Reading it is a pleasant means of education.’ Sheffield Telegraph.

GEORGE ALLEN AND UNWIN LTD




The Return of the King

Risvolto di copertina

The Lord of the Rings is not a book to be described in a few sentences. It is an heroic romance – ‘something which has scarcely been attempted on this scale since Spencer’s Faerie Queene, so one can ‘t praise the book by comparisons – there is nothing to compare it with. What can I say then?’ continue RICHARD HUGHES, ‘for width of imagination it almost beggars parallel, and it is nearly as remarkable for its vividness and for the narrative skill which carries the reader on, enthralled, for page after page.’
By an extraordinary feat of the imagination Mr. Tolkien has created, and maintains in every detail, a new mythology in an invented world. As for the story itself, ‘it’s really super science fiction’, declared NAOMI MITCHISON after reading the first part, The Fellowship of the Ring, ‘but it is timeless and will go on and on. It’s odd you know. One takes it completely seriously: as seriously as Malory’.
C.S. LEWIS in equally enthusiastic. ‘If Ariosto rivaled it in invention (in fact he does not) he would still lack its heroic seriousness. No imaginary world has been projected to its own inner laws; none so seemingly objective, so disinfected from the taint of an author’s merely individual psychology; none so relevant to the actual human situation yet so free from allegory. And what fine shading there is in the variations of style to meet the almost endless of scenes and characters – comic, homely, epic, monstrous, or diabolic.’
Spenser, Malory, Ariosto or Science Fiction? A flavor of all of them and a taste of its own. Only those who have read The Lord of the Rings will realize how impossible it is to convey all the qualities of a great book.
Ninth Impression


Retro di copertina

J.R.R. TOLKIEN

THE HOBBIT
Second Edition (Thirteenth Impression)

‘His wholly original story of adventure among goblins, elves and dragons … gives the impression of a well-informed glimpse into the life of a wide other-world; a world wholly real, and with a quite mattr-of-fact, supernatural natural-history of its own. It is a triumph that the genius Hobbit, which he himself has invented, rings just as real as the time-hallowed genera of Goblin, Troll, and Elf.’
New Statesman and Nation

‘Professor Tolkien’s finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls, in a spacious country of far-off and long ago … This is a full-length tale of traditional magic beings … The quest of the dragon’s treasure – rightfully the dwarves’ treasure – make an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, and, working up to devastating climax, war.’ Observer.

FARMER GILES OF HAM
Second Impression

‘Has that rare quality of fantasy smoothly blended with verisimilitude. Accordingly there is a peculiar charm in the adventures of the red-headed Giles and the wicked dragon Chrysophylax. The little drawings by Pauline Diana Baynes are as full of wit as the text.’ Tatler.

‘It is full of scholar’s wit, with graceful drawings entirely suited to the text, and will be appreciated by discriminating children of all ages.’ Sunday Times.

‘It has a peculiar appeal that is ageless.’ Manchester Evening Chronicle.

‘Reading it is a pleasant means of education.’ Sheffield Telegraph.

GEORGE ALLEN AND UNWIN LTD




Il fronte delle sovraccoperte, nell'ordine: I, II e III volume

Il retro delle sovraccoperte, nell'ordine: I, II e III volume

La Mappa allegata a The Fellowship of the Ring

La Mappa allegata a The Two Towers

La Mappa allegata a The Return of the King