An early impression that appears to have been purchased along with the other two volumes of the trilogy, and kept together as a set (see my listing for"The Return of the King"). Red cloth, 352 pp, color map of Middle-Earth included but not tipped in. Spine cocked and sunned, torn almost completely down the back hinge, small chip at top, corners worn, minor edge wear, a little rubbing and soiling, some doscoloration on back board, Owner's name on front end paper, interior is clean and unmarked.
"In the First Part of The Lord of the Rings, 111-year-old Bilbo Baggins passed along his magical ring to his orphaned nephew, Frodo - unwittingly setting its original owner, the horrible Gollum, on his trail. Lest the ring fall into evil hands, Frodo sought to destroy it at the Mountain of Fire in the enemy land of Mordor. He convened the Companions of the Ring to carry out this perilous mission, but his brave band has been scattered, beset by orc-soldiers, and in the Second Part, as 'the great Darkness' descends, Frodo himself has mysteriously disappeared. This second part now tells how each of the members of the Fellowship of the Ring fared, after the breaking of their fellowship, until the coming of the great Darkness and the outbreak of the War of the Ring."; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall