The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Sketchbooks: Deluxe Edition Boxed Set
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Illustrator: Alan Lee
TOLKIEN, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel]. The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Sketchbooks: Deluxe Edition Boxed Set. [London]: HarperCollins . Vol 1: 8vo, [ii] 192pp. Green cloth stamped in gold foil with pictorial label affixed to front. Differing pictorial map endpapers; illustrated on every page in color or half-tone. Vol 2: 8vo, 192pp. Olive cloth stamped in gold foil with pictorial label affixed to front. Pictorial map endpapers; illustrated on every page in color or half-tone. Fine, as new, copies of both volumes, housed in original color pictorial slipcase (a tad bumped). Signed by the artist, Alan Lee in the first volume.
Deluxe edition, being one of 3,000 “specially bound and slipcased” numbered copies signed by the artist. Issued exclusively in the UK, this deluxe, limited edition boxed set celebrates in words and pictures the beautiful work that award-winning artist Alan Lee created for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Lee, the only artist authorized by the Tolkien estate to illustrate both works, was also the conceptual artist for all six of Peter Jackson’s films based on Tolkien’s books. Sumptuously bound in full cloth, each large-format volume overflows with hundreds of delicate pencil drawings and conceptual sketches, and haunting watercolor paintings, including many brand-new paintings and drawings that take us deeper into the magical world of Middle Earth.