George Allen and Unwin, London.
First Edition. Deluxe issue. Octavo. Very Good +. Spine ends rubbed. Board ends rubbed. Hint of browning to outer page margins. Original publisher's full pebbled blue leather, gilt titles on spine, large gilt emblem - the device of Lúthien Tinúviel - on front panel. 365 pp. Folding map at rear. No dustwrapper as issued. The correct first printing - the export issue, printed by Clowes, which precedes the domestic issue that was printed by offset lithography from this issue. With a special label affixed to the title page which states "This presentation copy of THE SILMARILLION by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of a limited edition specially bound for Methuen Publications, Canada." Copies of this issue were bound up specially for Methuen Canada - the Canadian distributor - and were offered in a special lottery available for persons who pre-ordered the book before publication in September, 1977.