|The Return of the King.
1st Edition 1955.
George Allen & Unwin.
Hardback in dustwrapper.
Cover illustration based on a design by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Page Ref.: pp.85-99.
The Map of Gondor, Rohan and Mordor is inserted on a fold-out sheet at the rear.
Eleven impressions issued, all similar:
1st Impression October 1955 – 7,000 copies
2nd Impression November 1955 – 4,000 copies
3rd Impression January 1957 – 3,500 copies
4th Impression May 1958 – 2,200 copies
5th Impression 1959 – 3,300 copies
6th Impression 1960 – 3,000 copies?
7th Impression 1961 – 2,000 copies?
8th Impression 1961 – 2,000 copies?
9th Impression 1962 – 8,500 copies
10th Impression 1963 – 8,500 copies
11th Impression 1965 – 14,000 copies?
Three states of the 1st Impression have been seen - for full details see The First Impression of The Return of the King.
Dustwrappers marked as 12th Impression have been seen on 11th Impression books, but a 12th Impression of the book was not issued.
For further details see The Early Publishing History of The Lord of the Rings.
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