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TOLKIEN, J. R. R. - The Fellowship of the Ring (Pirated First Paperback Printing in the Us)

Title: The Fellowship of the Ring (Pirated First Paperback Printing in the Us)
Description: New York: Ace Books, 1965. Paperback. Mass Market PB. First US paperback edition - with no statement on the copyright page - Ace Science Fiction Classics A-4 (75cents) Abridged - as it does not contain the appendices. The text follows the 1955 Allen & Unwin edition (Currey). The first in the ace edition of infamously pirated editions. This is a mass market paperback book. The book is in Very Good+ condition and was issued thus without a dust jacket. The book is mostly clean and bright. There is some beginning rubbing and wear to the spine ends and cover edges. There is some light creasing (looks to be wrinkles in the binding process, not the normal creasing from reading). The text pages clean and bright. "Offended by Tolkien's slight on the medium from which he made his living, Wollheim didn't give up. In an essay in Leigh Grossman's Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction about her father, Betsy Wollheim noted that her father was stubborn, and did as he believed was right. With some research, he found a what he thought was a loophole in copyright law: The limited copyright under which Houghton Mifflin had been publishing the books had expired and wasn’t renewed, and he believed that the copyright for The Lord of the Rings had been abandoned, and that it was in the public domain. With this reasoning, he could publish the novels without coming to an agreement with the Oxford professor and bring the books to the "degenerate form" which he was most familiar. At this point LOTR Ballantine Cover 1in time, the U. S. Had yet to join the International Copyright Convention, and most laws on the books existed to protect domestic creations from foreign ones. As the trilogy became incredibly popular, Houghton Mifflin was technically in violation of the law when they exceeded their import limits, and failed to renew their interim copyright. Wollheim and Ace set about printing their own edition of the trilogy, with a new typeset and with the appendices photographically reprinted. The new editions also featured bright covers from Ace cover artist Jack Gaughan." (from Kirkus Review). Very Good+ .

Keywords: Science Fiction J. R.R. Tolkien Fantasy The Lord Of The Rings Series Ace Books Pirated Edition Science Fiction

Price: US$ 75.00 Seller: S. Howlett-West Books
- Book number: 38549

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