J.R.R. Tolkien – The Silmarillion – First Edition 1977 – Printed by William Clowes & Sons

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J.R.R. Tolkien – The Silmarillion – First Edition 1977 – Printed by William Clowes & Sons

£350.00

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£350.00

First edition, first printing. Published by George Allen & Unwin in London, 1977. This is a near fine copy. This the scarce version, printed by ‘William Clowes & Sons’. The dust wrapper is bright on the front and rear panels. It is slightly sunned at the spine and with one small closed tear at the top edge. It has not been price clipped. The boards are tight and free from notable chips and marks. The text blocks are bright and white throughout. The map is present in the rear and is unmarked and tightly folded. This copy is free from previous owners ink and is, overall, in near fine condition.

Edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher Tolkien in 1977, assisted by the fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay. It tells of Eä, a fictional universe that includes the Blessed Realm of Valinor, the once-great region of Beleriand, the sunken island of Númenor, and the continent of Middle-earth, where Tolkien’s most popular works—The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings—are set. After the success of The Hobbit, Tolkien’s publisher Stanley Unwin requested a sequel, and Tolkien offered a draft of the writings that would later become The Silmarillion. Unwin rejected this proposal, calling the draft obscure and “too Celtic”, so Tolkien began working on a new story that eventually became The Lord of the Rings.


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First edition, first printing. Published by George Allen & Unwin in London, 1977. This is a near fine copy. This the scarce version, printed by ‘William Clowes & Sons’. The dust wrapper is bright on the front and rear panels. It is slightly sunned at the spine and with one small closed tear at the top edge. It has not been price clipped. The boards are tight and free from notable chips and marks. The text blocks are bright and white throughout. The map is present in the rear and is unmarked and tightly folded. This copy is free from previous owners ink and is, overall, in near fine condition.

Edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher Tolkien in 1977, assisted by the fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay. It tells of Eä, a fictional universe that includes the Blessed Realm of Valinor, the once-great region of Beleriand, the sunken island of Númenor, and the continent of Middle-earth, where Tolkien’s most popular works—The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings—are set. After the success of The Hobbit, Tolkien’s publisher Stanley Unwin requested a sequel, and Tolkien offered a draft of the writings that would later become The Silmarillion. Unwin rejected this proposal, calling the draft obscure and “too Celtic”, so Tolkien began working on a new story that eventually became The Lord of the Rings.

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