The Lord of the Rings (Guild Publishing 1980)

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The Lord of the Rings (Guild Publishing 1980)Hardback one volume Book Club edition from 1980 with red leather-effect cover

(UPDATE) There seems to be quite a lot of interest in these particular red ‘Guild Publishing’ editions - so here’s what I know.

These are Book Club editions. They’re nice enough in themselves, but I think a lot of collectors might look down on these a bit because they came from a book club.

You will occasionally see these described elsewhere as ‘Rare’ and/or ‘Leather’. But sadly, they are neither.

I would imagine as Book Club editions they would have been produced in pretty large quantities. I don’t think they are particularly highly prized or sought after since you can (usually) easily pick them up on eBay for a few pounds each depending on age and condition. I certainly wouldn’t want to spend much more than that.

And they’re definitely NOT leather - just a kind of leather-effect hardcover with a bit of gold-coloured embossing.

Like I say, they’re nice enough books. And if you’re looking for one yourself fortunately there seem to be plenty more copies out there…! Good luck!

Title: The Lord of the Rings
Author: JRR Tolkien
Published by: Guild Publishing
Year of Publication : 1980
Edition: 1st print

The Lord of the Rings (Guild Publishing 1980)


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10 Responses to “The Lord of the Rings (Guild Publishing 1980)”

  1. Sam Taylor says:

    How much will this cost and where else can I buy it?

  2. Claire Doherty says:

    Hi i have this book its a little weathered. How much is it worth?

    kind regards


  3. Mike says:

    These appear on eBay from time to time, I can’t remember them going for any significant sums. They are Book Club editions, and not really ‘leather bound’…!

  4. Tony W says:

    Interested in prices on Guild Eds. (1st print) for the Silmarillion, the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (1 vol).

  5. Robby says:

    Is this book still for sale by any chance?
    Very interested. Thanks.

  6. Terry says:

    i have a copy of this (1984) . how much is it worth and does anyone want it

    thanks, a lucky carboot finder

  7. Keiron says:

    I have a copy of this which has several blank pages, I was wondering if you have heard of other examples of this

  8. Kevin Rennison says:

    I have a 1st edition of this book. It is for sale. Any offers please reply

  9. Karen Stewart says:

    Good afternoon,

    I wonder if you can let me know if this book is still for sale and if you would kindly advise of the condition. We do have a copy of this book but are looking to replace with new if possible.

    Many thanks in advance

  10. Gareth Rawlings says:

    i own a copy of this edition, i found it in a charity shop

    just curious but does anyone know why the only part of the appendices is ‘Of Aragorn and Arwen’?

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