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The Fellowship of the Ring. 1954
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The Fellowship of the Ring. 1954The Fellowship of the Ring.
J.R.R. Tolkien.
1st Edition 1954.
George Allen & Unwin.
Hardback in dustwrapper.
Cover illustration based on a design by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Hammond Page Ref.: pp.82-99.

The map showing A Part of The Shire appears opposite page 24. The 1954 version of the map of The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age is inserted on a fold-out sheet at the rear.

Fifteen impressions issued, all similar:

1st Impression July 1954 3,000 copies
2nd Impression December 1954 2,500 copies
3rd Impression January 1955 500 copies
4th Impression November 1955 3,000 copies
5th Impression February 1956 3,000 copies
6th Impression December 1956 3,500 copies
7th Impression October 1957 4,000 copies
8th Impression 1959 3,500 copies
9th Impression 1960 3,000 copies
10th Impression 1961 3,750 copies
11th Impression 1961 3,400 copies
12th Impression 1962 7,500 copies?
13th Impression 1963 6,000 copies
14th Impression 1965 10,000 copies
15th Impression 1966 4,000 copies

The text was reset for the 2nd Impression.

Later impressions state 5th Impression March 1956, rather than February 1956.

The 6th Impression December 1956 is marked as a 5th Impression in error.

The 9th Impression 1960 is marked 8th Impression in error.

For further details see The Early Publishing History of The Lord of the Rings.

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