The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King. Three Volumes. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954, 1954, 1955. First Editions, First Impressions. Each with a large folding map after Christopher Tolkien, all in original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, top edges stained red, publisher's original red, black and gilt dust-jackets. First two mentioned with old tape markings lining inner edges of jackets, spines darkened and extremities rubbed, third volume top edges of covers and spine darkened. Preserved in modern cloth drop-box. Ownership name and date (Worchester College, Oxford, Michaelmas 1955) to front free endpapers of volumes 1&3.
A very good set of first issues of the single most important work of fantasy literature in the twentieth century. Tolkien's masterpiece trilogy 'The Lord of the Rings' where he created an amazing new mythology.