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A wonderful family association being a Christmas gift from Anna Sewell to her spinster cousins. Anna Sewell lived only a few months after the publication of her book making inscribed copies extremely uncommon. £35,000 A FINE SET 74. TOLKIEN, J.R.R. THE LORD OF THE RINGS Allen & Un- win, 1954/55. Three volumes, all first editions. Return of the King in Ham - mond’s second variant with ‘sagging’ text on p.49. A fine set in

fine dustwrappers, unusually bright and crisp with just a hint of dustiness to the spines and a little foxing to the fore-edges. An exceptional set. Tolkien’s epic work of fantasy, which be - gan life to as a sequel The Hobbit, but grew in scope and vol - ume as Tolkien worked on it in stages between 1937 and 1949. Success was not anticipated by its publishers, who issued only 3000 copies of the first volume. Further the pale background to the jackets mean that surviving copies are often tanned or badly worn. Copies in such uniformly excellent condition are seldom seen in commerce. £65,000


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