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Lord of the Rings: Single Volume Editions

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Pictured Left Top: 50th Anniversary Edition Box Set with Peter Jackson Letter

2004
1 Hardcover
Fellowship of the Ring, part one of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece, first reached these shores on October 21, 1954, arriving, as C. S. Lewis proclaimed, "like lightning from a clear sky." Fifty years and nearly one hundred million American readers later comes a beautiful new one-volume collector's edition of Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, and Return of the King, befitting the stature of this extraordinary literary achievement. With a text fully corrected under the supervision of Christopher Tolkien to meet the author's exacting wishes, two large-format fold-out maps, a ribbon placemarker, gilded page edges, a color insert depicting Tolkien's own paintings of the Book of Mazarbul and exceptionally elegant and sturdy overall packaging housed within an attractive slipcase, this edition is one of the finest you can own. As a special bonus to all Customers, all copies of this book purchased here come with a full-color copy of a letter from director Peter Jackson about his love for the books and his plans for the film!

Pictured Left Middle: Collector's Edition Box Set
Hardcover, 1232pp.
Houghton Mifflin
December 1974
Collector's Edition
Reprint. Hardback in red imitation leather in red slipcase.

Pictured Left Bottom: (2 Photos): 50th Anniversary Edition
Pub. Date: October 2004
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover, 1184pp
ISBN-13: 9780618517657
ISBN: 0618517650
Edition Number: 50
Fifty years and nearly one hundred million American readers later comes a beautiful new one-volume collector’s edition beftting the stature of this crown jewel of our list. With a text fully corrected under the supervision of Christopher Tolkien to meet the author’s exacting wishes and two large-format fold-out maps, a ribbon placemarker, and exceptionally elegant packaging, this edition is one of the finest we’ve ever produced.

 

Allen & Unwin Hardcover
1st edition, one Volume
June 1968



Ballantine Filmbook Version
Paperback Edition
1978

Ballantine Filmbook Version
Hardcover, Illustrated
1978



Fotonovel Publishers Filmbook Version
Paperback Fotonovel
1979
Price: $2.95 U.S., 1.50 British Pounds
Issued in UK and US/Canada
Includes photos stills from 1978 Ralph Bakshi animated version on "The Fellowship of the Ring" & "The Two Towers"


Harper-Collins Paperback
Illustrator: Cover by John Howe
1995



Harper-Collins Hardcover
1994




Houghton-Mifflin Paperback
1999
One-volume edition, 1st edition thus
Illustrator: Cover by Alan Lee


Houghton Mifflin (Movie Art Cover)
Hardcover, 1216pp.
June 2001
Also:
Houghton Mifflin Paperback
1137pp.
June 2001


Harper-Collins Paperback
2001
1st edition



Houghton Mifflin Paperback
1st edition, thus
1137pp.
June 1999


50th Anniversary One Volume Hardcover Edition
Pub. Date: October 2005
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
1216pp
ISBN-13: 9780618645619
ISBN: 0618645616

50th Anniversary One Volume Paperback Edition
Pub. Date: October 2005
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
1216pp
ISBN-13: 9780618640157
ISBN: 0618640150

George Allen & Unwin Paperback
1968
Ist Edition, thus



Harper-Collins Hardcover
2000
Color pictures. Reprint
Illustrator: Alan Lee


Bookend Gift Set
Houghton Mifflin Co; (November 2003)
J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece, Lord of the Rings, presented in hardcover with a jacket unique to this set, has been hailed throughout the world as one of the greatest adventure stories ever written. Millions of readers have celebrated this exciting tale of hobbits, wizards, orcs, men, dwarves, and elves in a land called Middle-earth. Now millions of filmgoers have embraced the blockbuster motion picture trilogy that has fired the imaginations of a new generation. Returning to Hobbiton after an absence of many years, the wizard Gandalf quickly sought out Bag End, the home of his old and dear friend the hobbit Bilbo Baggins. It was the morning of Bilbo's one hundred and eleventh birthday, and a party of special magnificence was planned for that night. The old hobbit had been plagued by the incessant attentions of unwanted visitors, well-wishers, and distant relations, prompting him to hang out a sign on his front gate warning "No admittance except on party business." It was in this grumpy state of mind that Bilbo, completely unprepared for the joyous reunion that awaited him, stomped to the door to answer Gandalf's knock. These unique, limited-edition bookend sculptures have been hand-cast in heavyweight polystone and hand-painted to the highest standards by the artists of Sideshow/Weta, a unique partnership between museum-quality collectibles manufacturer Sideshow, Inc. and Weta Workshop of New Zealand, the artisans responsible for the conceptualization, prosthetics, makeup effects, swords, weapons, armor, and miniatures for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Houghton-Mifflin Hardcover
1994
American version of the previous printing.




Houghton-Mifflin Single volume hardcover
1994
Published for the San Francisco Book Club.
Illustrator: Cover by Donato












Lord of the Rings: 3 Volume Editions

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Pictured Left Top (3 Photos): Lord of the Rings 
Easton Press
1999
3 Hardcovers
Green leather with gold lettering & edges.

Pictured Left Middle Top: Lord of the Rings
First U.S. Edition
Hardcover
Houghton-Mifflin
1956

Pictured Left Middle Bottom: Lord of the Rings
50th Anniversary of Alan Lee Illustrations
Hardcover
Harper-Collins
1996

Pictured Left Bottom: Lord of the Rings
Pub. Date: June 2005
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780618574995
ISBN: 0618574999
For over 50 years, J.R.R. Tolkien's peerless fantasy has accumulated worldwide acclaim as the greatest adventure tale ever written. No other writer has created a world as distinct as Middle-earth, complete with its own geography, history, languages, and legends. And no one has created characters as endearing as Tolkien's large-hearted, hairy-footed hobbits. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings continues to seize the imaginations of readers of all ages, and this new three-volume paperback edition is designed to appeal to the youngest of them.

 

Allen & Unwin Hardcovers
Dec 1954
1st UK Edition thus
Hard Slipcase, This copy signed


Folio Society Hardcovers
2001
Limited Edition: 1750 made, Goatskin


Folio Society Hardcovers
2001






First American Edition



Allen & Unwin Hardcover
1966
Revised Edition
(Right) 1970 version



Ace Publishing Softcovers
Unauthorized Edition


Allen & Unwin Paperbacks
In Slipcase


Ballantine Paperbacks
1969


Harper Collins Paperbacks
2001
U.K. Edition

Unwin Paperbacks
25th Anniversary collection of 3 paperbacks with box sleeve and exclusive to this collection a 16-page anniversary booklet (celebrating 25 years of its publication) illustrated with photographs, cuttings and letters.


Allen & Unwin Hardcover
June 1974


Chelsea House Publishers Hardcovers
191pp.
December 1999

Harper-Collins Paperbacks
1996
Decorated slipcase
Available in single book
Illustrator: Alan Lee


Harper-Collins Paperbacks
Publish Date: 1999
Slipcase
Cover designs by Geoff Taylor



Houghton-Mifflin Paperbacks
2001
1st edition, thus
Slipcase


Houghton Mifflin Paperback (Movie Art Covers)
1168pp
ISBN: 0618260293
August 2002
Slipcase


Houghton Mifflin Paperback
1168pp
ISBN: 0618260250
July 2002


Harper-Collins
2001
7 paperbacks (6 books plus appendixes)
Black covers and the movie logo on front
Black slipcase


Houghton-Mifflin Paperbacks
1996




Harper-Collins Hardcovers
1998
Designed by Tolkien, but rejected by Allen & Unwin
Black slipcase with silver designs by Tolkien.




Specially made for the Quality Paperback Book Club, New York.
1995
3 Paperback set
1st edition
Illustrator: Covers by Beards/Elias.


The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1) The Two Towers (Lord of the Rings #2) The Return of the King (Lord of the Rings #3) Ballantine Books Mass Market Paperbacks
(Fellowship) 50th edition, 479pp.
January 1981, Re-issue

(Two Towers) 447pp.
January 1981, Re-issue

(Return of the King) 507pp.
Random House, Incorporated
January 1981, Re-issue

Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1) The Two Towers (Lord of the Rings #2) The Return of the King (Lord of the Rings #3) Houghton Mifflin Hardcover (Illustrated)
Noted by Douglas Anderson
1193pp.
April 1998
Illustrator: Alan Lee



The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1) Houghton Mifflin Paperbacks
2nd edition, Reprint
Fellowship - 432pp
Two Towers - 352pp
Return of the King - 464pp.
September 1999
Celebrating the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien, this centenary edition of the classic volume is illustrated with fifty specially commissioned paintings by an artist whose vision matches Tolkien's own. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him by Isildur, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the Shire hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. From his fastness in the Barad-Dur of Mordor, Sauron's power spread far and wide. He gathered all the Great Rings to him, but ever he searched far and wide for the One Ring that would complete his dominion. On his eleventy-first birthday Bilbo disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest --- to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom. Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard, Merry Brandybuck, Pippin Took, and Sam Gamgee, Gimli the Dwarf, Legolas the Mirkwood Elf, Boromir of Gondor, and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider (Aragorn of Gondor).

Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1)  Two Towers (Lord of the Rings #2) Return of the King (Lord of the Rings #3) Houghton Mifflin Hardcover
Noted by Douglas Anderson
(Fellowship) 2nd edition, 423pp.
October 1988
(Two Towers) 2nd edition, 352pp.
October 1988
(Return of the King) 2nd edition, 440pp.
January 1989

Houghton Mifflin Hardcover
March 1988
Slipcase



The Lord of the Rings Paperback Box Set (Movie Art Covers) Houghton Mifflin Paperbacks (Movie Art Covers)
September 2001
Slipcase




Houghton Mifflin Hardcover
Millennium Edition
September 1999



Harper-Collins Paperbacks
2001




Collins Modern Classics Paperbacks
2001
Illustrator: Covers by John Howe.
1st U.K. Edition



Houghton Mifflin Hardcovers (Movie Art Covers)
September 2001
Slipcase


Bookpan Paperbacks
2001



Ballantine Paperbacks
1973


Houghton Mifflin Hardcovers
1200pp.
October 1991
Illustrator: Alan Lee

Houghton Mifflin Hardcovers
25th Anniversary Box Set
Slipcase
May 1981

Houghton Mifflin Hardcovers
Slipcase
March 1988

Econo-Clad Books
Other Format
October 1999

State Mutual Book & Periodical Service, Limited
Hardcover
January 1985

Houghton Mifflin Hardcovers
Slipcase Box Set
October 1992
Illustrator: Alan Lee

Lord of the Rings
Slipcase Boxed Set
Hardcover
March 1988

Webmaster Note: I know the following were issued as part of a set. However, until I have photos and info on sets, I will continue to list them separately.

The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1) Fellowship of the Ring
Hardcover - LARGE PRINT BOOK, 513pp.
ISIS Large Print Books
January 1996



Two Towers
Harper-Collins, 2001
Paperback with black covers, based on dust-jacket designed by Tolkien.




Two Towers (Lord of the Rings #2) Return of the King (Lord of the Rings Part Three) Mass Market Paperback
Bargain Edition
November 2001
Two Towers - 415pp.
Return of the King - 507pp.
Also:
Demco Media Hardcovers
May 1993

Fellowship of the Ring
Other Format
Econo-Clad Books
October 1999

Fellowship of the Ring (Illustrated)
Hardcover, 440pp.
Houghton Mifflin
October 1992
REPRINT
Illustrator: Alan Lee