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The First Boxed Edition
Covering Materials
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Publishing The Lord of the Rings
The First Impression of RotK
VI  The First Boxed Edition
VII  The Readers Union Edition
VIII  The First Deluxe Edition
IX  Printing and Binding LotR
XIV  LotR: A Bibliography
XV  LotR: A Bibliography of Slipcases

The History of Middle-earth series

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Christopher Tolkien Bibliography
I Think I've Got A Hobbit
Missing Images
Nasty Tricksy Hobbits
Printing and Binding The Hobbit
Songs for the Philologists
The Princess Hobbit
-- Letter from J. R. R. Tolkien
-- Gandalf: Not 'Magician' but 'Wizard'
-- Visions of Gollum
-- Of Smaug and the Jabberwock
-- Magazine Gallery
Tolkien Calendars
Tolkien the Esperantist?
Tolkien's Languages and Alphabets
Unpublished Manuscript Found?

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Examples of the covering materials used for the slipcase.

  1. From a 1958 2nd State slipcase.
    Paper with a finish similar to a fine textured leather.
  2. From a 1960 4th State slipcase.
    Linson with an embossed texture intended to be reminiscent of linen.
  3. From a 1963 5th State slipcase.
    Paper with a finish similar to a coarse textured leather.
  4. From a 1963 5th State slipcase.
    Paper with a finish similar to a coarse textured leather.
The colour difference between examples 3 and 4 may be in part a result of fading, but there does appear to be a real difference as well.  Both contain the same impressions of the three volumes - FR 13th 1963, TT 9th 1962 and RK 9th 1962.

Another slipcase, containing all 1962 impressions, appears to be a shade of grey somewhere in between.  Therefore it seems likely that the shade varied slightly from batch to batch.

Covering Materials
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