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The Return of the King [50th Anniversary Edition] Hardcover – 1 Jan 2005

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DIFFERENT OFFER (please see description & pictures by BookGems before placing an order): Edition George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London, Ninth Impression, 1974. ISBN: 0-04-823047-2. 440 pages, size: 14.75 x 23 x 3 cm. The book remains in very good condition throughout: dust cover intact albeit some shelf wears to spine edges; red cloth hard cover clean and bright with gilt letterings on spine; text all clean without any marking/inscription. Prompt dispatch from UK.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars These Books are Seconds 6 May 2017
By K. Bunnell - Published on
Format: Imitation Leather Verified Purchase
I didn't realize until recently that this edition has a printing error throughout the four volumes. I'm sure it's far too late to get my money back, but at least I can warn others of the issue. It's not noticable at first, and if you are like me and have several copies of these works it might be a while before you read them through. The error is that about 2/3 down a page (not on all pages), the print will suddenly get much smaller, occasionally somewhat distorted. Clearly, it's an error that the publisher let someone buy, which is just absurd at this price.
114 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Collectors Edition 22 Sept. 2014
By Benjamin D - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having only an old 1994 worn paperback edition of the Lord of the Rings, I wanted to purchase a version that I could read and display for many years to come. I did a ton of research and decided upon this version (ISBN 116-1749849-2513827), illustrated by Alan Lee and published by Harper Collins in June 2014 (I am adding these details because the site does not make it clear what this version is). Please note that this particular printing is NOT available in the US but any Tolkien or LotR devotee should not be deterred (Frodo wouldn't have been!). I must say that this is the finest published one-volume version of the LotR that I have ever laid eyes upon, and is well worth every penny. It includes approximately 50 high-quality color illustrations by Alan Lee, which even for a 30-something like me makes the reading experience exceptional. The front and back covers are made of durable, high-quality cloth (as shown), with a strong and handsome turquoise binding. The pages -- not just the illustrations but the entire book -- are glossy and made of "whiter" paper than you generally find, the margins large, and the typeset easy on the eyes.

For those who care about such things, the printing is based on the 2004 corrected text, with even further corrections. There are updated introductions/forwards by Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, authors of the authoritative "LOTR Readers Companion," as well as by Douglas A. Anderson, who provides a detailed publication history of the Lord of the Rings. The full appendices are included.

Two-page red and black maps of Middle Earth and of Gondor/Rohan/Mordor adorn the front and back covers, with a map of the Shire before the first chapter. Also present are other essentials such as the Doors of Moria and the Tomb of Balin. The only drawback is that the facsimile pages of the Book of Mazarbul was not included, which I found to be surprising and a bit disappointing Also, the ring inscription and the Gandalf "rune" are printed in black rather than silver and red. Probably the main issue is the clear plastic slipcover, which is barely bigger than the book itself, and it is difficult to slip the book back inside it after taking it out. You are more likely to scuff the corners of the book. That being said, these are far from dealbreakers, and the joy to be received from owning this edition far outweighs these issues.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the best four books Tolkien wrote in a small 2 April 2015
By Joseph W. - Published on
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The books are smaller than I had anticipated, the text is small too. The thing is, it doesn't matter. It's the best four books Tolkien wrote in a small, easy to carry or conceal version. The cover material is strong and kind of rubbery, which is good cause if you are like me this will be the second or third set of the books you have bought because you were out previous editions by reading them too much, bending the binding, underlining paragraphs, and folding the corners of pages.

Given the choice, I would have ordered two sets just to give one to a friend.
288 of 315 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice set of books for the price. Recommended. Read review and view pics for detail on font for pocket-sized "paperback." 12 May 2015
By B - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Very nice books, binding seems nice. I love the covers although they are not "paperback" and are more of a fake leather material. These books are beautiful and very convenient. They are pocket-sized which is great for on the go, they aren't too small or too big (actually bigger than I anticipated which is a plus). The font size is readable, the only thing I would have to note is that the font size isn't the same throughout the different books. The font size seems to be based on the length of the books, the longer the books are, the smaller the font is (I suppose this was in order to keep them pocket-sized as well as consistent with the sizes of the other books throughout the set). If you have decent to good eyes, this set would be perfectly fine for you on the go but those people who don't have as good of eye sight, because I know some people who tend to get headaches while focusing on small font, this set may not be for you. I will upload some pics of the font comparisons, books, etc.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic fantasy by the master. 6 Aug. 2016
By kittybot - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What can you say about a classic? I'd never read these books all the way through before, and was determined to try, despite remembering what I had read as being tedious and somewhat purple-prose-ish. I apparently remembered wrong - coming back as an adult, these are beautiful books, very well-written and of course true epic fantasy. It may be that my tastes have changed, or just that I've matured, but these will definitely be reread many times.

My only issue is that with the Kindle version, the footnotes seemed to be messed up. Many of them only bring up a page number (with no link), which may be how it was in the original books, but others seem to apply to footnotes further down the page, or just not at all to the thing they're noted from. Frustrating.
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