George Allen & Unwin Ltd. London. 1954.
FIRST EDITION, 1st impression. 8vo. (9 x 5.9 inches). Fold out map at the rear in fine condition. Text pages clean and fresh throughout. Top of page edges still a deep and pleasing red. The front blank free endpaper has a neat previous owner's name and place (Oxford) written in blue ink and is dated December 1954. Some light offsettting to the blank endpapers from the dustwrapper but generally very good indeed internally. Publishers deep red cloth binding with gilt lettering and ring device to the spine. the gilt is dulled and there are a few light but small stains to the cloth at the edges. The original, correct 1st state, dustwrapper still has the price intact on the inner flap. There is a split, without loss, to the top third of the front hinge but this is not noticeable when enclosed in a protective sleeve, The spine is darkened and there are a few very small chips to the edges at the hinges. Overall a very good book in a near to very good dustwrapper. Only 3250 copies were published of this, the true first edition, first printing of the second part of Tolkien's epic tale.