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1954-1955 First Edition, First Issue of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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  • $29,000

    Initial Offering Marketing Cap
  • $29

    Initial Offering Share Price
  • #LOTR

  • 06/2020

    Initial Offering Date

When J.R.R. Tolkien published The Lord of the Rings in 1954, his publisher worried such “high fantasy” would not sell and insisted it be printed in three volumes to minimize printing costs. Rally’s #LOTR offering contains First Edition, First Impression copies of each of the three volumes of the Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. With less than 3,000, 3,250 and 7,000 copies, respectively, this is a rare chance to invest in the earliest iteration of the fabled franchise.

“When the time comes to look back at the century, it seems very likely that future literary historians, detached from the squabbles of our present, will see as its most representative and distinctive works books like J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.”

— T.A. Shippey, The New York Times

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#LOTR Details

Each copy has an original first impression dustjacket, with light toning to the spines and occasional trivial wear at their extremities. All three dustjackets are unrestored, unclipped, and show their original price. Similar sets of First Edition Lord of The Rings Trilogies have increased by over 5,000% since the 1980’s, with one most recently selling for $38,500 in 2020.

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Price Per Share $29.00
Number of Shares 500
Market Cap. $29,000.00
Storage Location Rally
Asset Specifications
Title (Vol. 1) The Fellowship of the Ring
Title (Vol. 2) The Two Towers
Title (Vol. 3) The Return of the King
Author John Ronald Reuel (J.R.R.) Tolkien
Edition (Vol. 1) First Edition, First Impression, First State
Edition (Vol. 2) First Edition, First Impression, First State
Edition (Vol. 3) First Edition, First Impression, Second State
Publisher George Allen & Unwin
Publication Date (Vol. 1) July 29, 1954
Publication Date (Vol. 2) November 11, 1954
Publication Date (Vol. 3) October 20, 1955
Rarity (Vol. 1) 1 of 3,000
Rarity (Vol. 2) 1 of 3,250
Rarity (Vol. 3) 1 of 7,000
Binding Hardcover
Book Condition Unrestored
Dust Jacket Original First Impression, Unrestored

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