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The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

TOLKIEN, J R R Three volumes, 10th/6th/7th Impressions, red cloth with gilt spine titles, all with the map at the back and red tint to the top of the text block. Each has the correct dust jacket with the impression statement on the front flap matching the impression stated on the verso of the title page. They also have the same faint owners monogram/date stamp on the rear free endpaper (dated 24 Jul 1964). All volumes are in unclipped dust jackets which have uniform toning to the spine panels and general light spotting. The Fellowship of the Ring,10th Impression. Binding firm and square, all corners firm and square (though there is a tiny bump towards the bottom fore edge corner of the front board) with light spotting to the fore egde of the text block. Pages very clean and fresh. The dust jacket is generally very good, with a crease to the bottom of front panel and closed tears of 2mm & 1cm at each end, 1cm closed tear at foot of lower joint, closed tears of 2mm, 5mm & 5mm at head of spine. Light rubbing to all corners and very light general spotting. It presents very well in its removable protective cover. The Two Towers, 6th Impression. Binding firm and square, all corners firm and square with a very few, very light spots to the fore edge of the text block and a light push to the foot of the spine. Pages very clean and fresh. The dust jacket is very good with only very light rubbing to the spine ends and the tips of the fore edge corners. The red elements of the spine titles have faded and there is a drip mark near the middle. A very nice copy. The Return of the King, 7th Impression. Binding firm and square, all corners firm and square, a very few, very light spots to the fore edge of the text block. Pages very clean and fresh. The dust jacket is very good with a crease and very minor, light rubbing to the tip of the spine head. A very nice copy. In all, a very presentable set. We have additional images on file ready to send if required. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

TOLKIEN, J R R Three volumes, red cloth with gilt spine titles, each with the map at the back and red tint to the top of the text block. All have the correct dust jacket with the impression statement on the front flap matching the impression stated on the verso of the title page. Contained in publisher's sixth state slipcase. First Editions, 12th/9th/10th Impressions. The books are all in fine condition, each having fore edge corners that are firm, sharp and square with no bumps. All bindings are very firm and square. Across the set, there are only five spots to the fore edge of the text blocks. There are no names, inscriptions or bookplates and the pages are all clean, crisp and fresh such that the books appear unread. The dust jackets are all in very good plus condition. They have slight toning to the spines, but the titles remain clear. The Fellowship of the Ring has a tiny chip at the top of the lower joint and The Return of the King and Fellowship of the Ring each have a small, very faint drip mark just above the publisher's name at the bottom of the spine. The slipcase has splits of 1 & 2cm at the front of the top panel, is split down the back right corner, has a bump on the top panel and a small damp-stain tide mark at the front edge of the bottom panel. In all, a really lovely, very presentable set that looks superb on the shelf. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
Inspector Frost - Complete Set Frost At Christmas (1989)

Inspector Frost – Complete Set Frost At Christmas (1989), A Touch of Frost (1990), Night Frost (1992) Hard Frost (1995)Winter Frost (1999), A Killing Frost (2008)

WINGFIELD, R D The complete set of Inspector Frost books all 1st editions, 1st printings with original unclipped jackets except Frost at Christmas which is a 1st hardback and 1st UK edition (the 1st printing being a paperback edition published in Canada in 1984). The first five books are published by Constable with A Killing Frost being published by Bantam. All books have black boards with silver stamped titles to the spine. Frost at Christmas (viii) 284pp (4) with unclipped dust jacket priced at £11.95. A Touch Of Frost (iv) 356pp with jacket priced at £12.95. A Night Frost 312pp (8) with jacket priced at £13.99. Hard Frost 348pp (4) with £15.99 price. Winter Frost 384pp with a £16.99 price and A Killing Frost 400pp with a £14.99 price. All the books are clean with no name, inscriptions or book plates and all have clean original unclipped jackets in at least near fine condition. Frost At Christmas has two dings and a long scratch to the front board and a little toning to the page edges and light spotting to the prelims and edge of the text block. A Touch Of Frost has just a little toning to the pages as usual as is night frost. A Killing Frost is a little spotted internally, a few pages significantly more so. A great looking set. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

TOLKIEN, J R R 1960 1st and only Readers Union Edition. Original RU brown boards with gilt titles to the spine, page sheets and maps supplied by Allen & Unwin from their 9/7/6 Impressions run, ochre tint to the top edge of the text block and original RU dust jackets, with ring and eye vignette to front panel. All unclipped showing price of 12s. The books are all in at least near fine condition (across the set, 4 fore edge corners have a tiny bruise and there is a tiny bump to the top edge of two). All bindings are very firm and square. Across the set, there is one single spot to the fore edge of the text block (on The Fellowship of the Ring). There are no names, inscriptions or bookplates and only light bands of acid migration to the endpapers. The pages are all clean, crisp and fresh and the books appear unread. The dust jackets are in at least near fine condition, having the merest hint of toning, noting a 1.2cm closed tear at the foot of The Two Towers with associated faint creasing. This is a superb condition set of this difficult to find edition. We have additional images on file. The Readers Union published this single impression of each of the three volumes in their own bindings and dust jackets, under a shared imprint with George Allen & Unwin Ltd. It was printed by George Allen & Unwin alongside their 9th Impression of The Fellowship of the Ring, 7th Impression of The Two Towers and 6th Impression of The Return of the King. Only 2,973 sets were supplied to the RU to be sold only to the members of their new club, Contemporary Fiction, in addition to their Science Fiction Book Club, at a price of 12s, compared to 21s for the George Allen & Unwin copies. Surprisingly, the identity of the artist used to produce the dust jacket artwork remains unknown. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
The Book of the Omar Khayyam Club (2 Volumes) 1892-1910 and 1910-1929

The Book of the Omar Khayyam Club (2 Volumes) 1892-1910 and 1910-1929

Various Limited Editions. 21 x 26.5 cm both having cloth backed grey paper covered boards with paper title labels to the spine and uncut edges. Volume I covering 1892-1910 is No. 76 of 181, 220pp with 40 tipped in plates and Volume II covering 1910-1929 is No. 47 of 125 copies 181(3)pp with 31 tipped in plates by a variety of artists. Both volumes have spare spine labels tipped in at the rear. The boards have some general marking there is rubbing to the edges and corners with the the paper rubbed through on the corners. The loss of paper extends to the front and rear boards in small patches on Volume II. The spines are toned and both labels rubbed with minor loss to the top left hand corner of the label on Volume II. The spine tips are pushed with cloth rubbed through on the joints at the head of the spine on Volume II and two small holes in the cloth at the foot of the spine. Internally, the books are clean with a pencil collation note from a bookseller at the rear of Volume I, a price at the front and small neat artist names (in pencil) under each plate. The tipped in illustrations are all present and in fine condition with the exception of the loss of paper in 2 spots on the image on p54. All in all a really interesting addition to any Rubaiyat collection. The Omar Khayyam Club was founded in 1892 by Frederick Hudson, Clement Shorter and George Whale to celebrate a Victorian writer, Edward Fitzgerald, and the poem – The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam – that he made famous around the world. Famous literary members include Thomas Hardy, Andrew Lang, J. M. Barrie, John Buchan, Henry James and Arthur Conan Doyle. It continues to meet regularly in March and November for celebratory dinners at the Saville Club in London. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
The Faithful Dove

The Faithful Dove

POTTER, Beatrix 1st Impression. Limited Edition of No. 4 of 100 copies. 11 x 14cm. Publisher's original green cloth boards with titles to the front board within a single gilt rule, and gilt titles to the spine. The publisher's original dust jacket is unpriced as issued (protected in a fully removable cover - not shown in the images). 31pp. [Linder, p434]. The boards and spine are in fine condition, with no hint of shelf wear. All fore edge corners are firm, sharp and square. Internally the book is in fine, unread condition, noting only a toned band through acid migration down the inside of each free endpaper. The dust jacket is in near fine condition noting only a hint of spotting on the front edge of the front panel and a hint of dust staining on the back. In all, a stunning unread copy. The Tale of the Faithful Dove is the last of Potter's Tales and was published posthumously by Frederick Warne and Co Ltd in 1955, in a limited edition of 100. It is unusual in that it was published without illustrations; Fruing Warne had tried to persuade Potter to produce some pictures to go with her story in 1918 but she declined stating that, "it is nothing but pigeons over and over as regards illustrations. I could not possibly "dress up" the pigeons; no birds look well in clothes. " Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.