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The epic fantasy trilogy which set the mark by all others that were to follow. First editions all of THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS, and THE RETURN OF THE KING. This is a lovely set, rebound not only in red leather, but each volume encased within a leather-tooled-spined, traycase. A fine example of the bookbinders art. This had been once a paperbound proof set as throughout the volumes—primarily the first volume—are pencilled notes and calculations checking and verifying mileages, times travelled, etc., that Tolkien had texed. I have no knowledge of who wrote these pencilled notes, this set was originally auctioned in its soiled wrappers which were discarded when the volumes were rebound. That is the extent of my information. The leather is in beautiful condition, there is some slight rubbing to the traycases. The book papers themselves—as I stated—was a working set and there is some wrinkling to early pages in volume one. The pages are lightly soiled at page edges. A very good set in fine leather. The value of LOTR has increased exponentially since the movies smashing successes, and now to obtain an original clothed set in this condition would cost you many tens of thousands. The leather bindings alone would be priced ion the many thousands, these days.