First edition, first printing. Publisher's original brown cloth with gilt monogram and titles to the upper board and spine, housed in the original slipcase. Square 4to. Colour frontispiece portrait of the author and 48 colour plates with black and white drawings throughout. A better than very good copy, the binding square and tight, the cloth with a small nick to the upper spine fold and a few light marks at the edges. The contents are clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the original slipcase that remains firm with light rubbing to the extremities. An attractive example of this beautifully produced book.
Primarily a collection of the illustrations reproduced in the series of six Tolkien calendars issued between 1973 and 1979. Many of the pictures were coloured specifically for the calendars and are now produced here in both the coloured and original un-coloured state. This is an almost complete record of J. R. R. Tolkien's published artwork for which Christopher Tolkien has written both a foreword and detailed notes for each picture.
Stock code: 21847