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The Return of the King. 1955
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The Return of the King. 1955The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien
1st Edition 1955
George Allen & Unwin
Hardback in dustwrapper
Cover illustration based on a design by J.R.R. Tolkien
Hammond 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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