The Lord of the Rings - Ace Paperback Edition
These three books made up the infamous “pirated” edition of the Lord of the Rings. There is still considerable controversy surrounding the publication of this edition. At the time they were published, there was no paperback edition of LOTR. Ace apparently requested a license for publication of a paperback but never received a response from the publishers in the U.S., Houghton-Mifflin, or Great Britain, Allen & Unwin. Ace published an edition without permission and sold thousands of copies in the U.S. Ace apparently made some settlement with all involved, including Tolkien, but the details of this have never been clear. An authorized edition was published by Ballantine. The Ballantine editions carry an authorization statement by Tolkien on the cover. As a result of the controversy, the Ace paperbacks are collectible. Unfortunately, they were made from poor quality paper and will consequently turn to dust in the near future.
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