The Silmarillion (Guild Publishing 1981) (2)

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The Silmarillion by J.R.R.TolkienBook club edition from 1981 with red leather effect binding.

(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 Silmarillion
Author: JRR Tolkien
Published by: Guild Publishing
Year of Publication : 1981
Edition: 1st print.
Hardback, with red leather effect binding

The Silmarillion by J.R.R.Tolkien


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11 Responses to “The Silmarillion (Guild Publishing 1981) (2)”

  1. Andy Wilkinson says:

    Hi, great collection, I notice you have two copies of the Guild Publishing 1981 Silmarillion. I may be interested in buying one if one were for sale but would be willing to guess that i’m underestimating the kind of prices you’d be looking at, so if you want to sell could you just give me a price and if i can match it then i will.

    Thanks, Andy.

  2. Peter says:


    How much are you asking for the 1981 Silmarillion?


  3. Daniel says:

    i was hoping for a guide price of this book

  4. mally says:

    hello i have the history of middle earth books 1 to7 first editions as well as the silmarillion 1981 guild edition with the red leather&gold hardback cover the history of middle earth books are hardbacks with dust covers all the books are in excellent condition i would be really grateful if you could advise of the value of these books as i am willing to sell them and i dont know how much they are worth thanks mally

  5. Tony W says:

    Do you have any left that you are will to part with? Price?

  6. dean says:

    hi i was just wondering if you could give me a guide price i have a copy of this book and would maby be intrested in selling for the right price.

  7. Patrick Heron says:

    Have the above copy in excellent condition also guy in the states interested in buying! What is the value of this book.

  8. Jennifer says:


    Do you still have a copy of this? if so, is there a price?


  9. Terry says:

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

    thanks, a lucky carboot finder

  10. dianne says:

    hi,have just found in my brothers possesions two books by jrr tolkien in this red leather look effect they are the silmarillion and the hobbit i am wanting to sell these books but have no idea of a value could someone please help.thankyou dianne

    • Zach says:

      if you still have it, I would be interested in getting your copy of The Silmarillion. Before I throw out a price or anything, I’d wonder about condition and stuff like that, so yeah.

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