|An Illustrated Tolkien Bibliography||The Lord of the Rings. 1969|
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The Lord of the Rings.
Ten impressions issued before changes were made to cover design:
1st Impression 1969 – issued in a slipcase
* Copies have been seen in both slipcases and boxes. In 1974 the slipcase was replaced by a box with a printed label on the lid. Presumably the decision had been made to replace the slipcase with a box, but existing stocks of slipcases were used up before the change was made.
Details of the 2nd Impression are not recorded in later impressions.
A copy of the 5th Impression has been seen in a box that had a Lord of the Rings title label applied over the top of a Hobbit label.
One copy has been seen with blank pages throughout and two blank map sheets inserted at the rear. The binding design is identical to the published edition but the slipcase lacks the thumb slot present in the standard slipcase. This is possibly a salesman's dummy copy used to garner sales before publication, or maybe a proof version of the binding and slipcase.
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