Extremely Rare 1966 1st Edition Lord of the Rings Map of Middle Earth!
Ballantine Books U8251 Poster featuring art by "BREM" Barbara Remington
Investment Quality Collector's Item !
This 25" by 37" Vintage Poster is 41 years old and a must have for LOTR Fanatics.
It features the original cover art from the 1966 Ballantine 1st Edition printing of the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. T was much controversy about this cover art, as Tolkien did not particularly like it. Apparently, respected artist Barbara Remington was asked to come up with cover art on very little notice. As the story goes, she didn't even have enough time to read the books, and the almost psychedelic fantasy cover art of the first edition does not closely follow the story line. Now a huge Tolkien fan, she regrets not having a chance to capture the story in her original art.
As stated, this poster is definitely investment quality. EASILY a C8, possibly C9 according to the Iguide Movie Poster Prices publication:
The poster is the Original 1st print, and it's in Excellent condition with a few minor flaws, shown in pictures:
Picture 2 shows the original release price of $1.49. Later releases were priced at $3.00.
Picture 3 shows closer detail and the Ballantine product number, U8251, following the numbers for the original LOTR Ballantine releases (U7040, U7041, U7042). Also, notice minor creases in the corner. The vertical crease a few inches in is NOT a tear.
Picture 4 shows a very tiny tear along the top corner. It is less than a quarter of an inch and barely noticeable.
Picture 5 shows a 1/2" brown discoloration near the top of the poster.
More photos are available upon request.
Winning bidder must pay within seven days unless we agree on something else.
Bid with confidence. Poster will be packaged professionally, shipped quickly, and received as described in the auction. Handling cost is for the durable poster tube, not my time or auction fees.
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