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The books are beautifully bound in black hardboards with sewn
on July 11, 2016
HarperCollins; 60th Anniversary edition edition (June 19 2014) - This is a "Study" set, as equal to a text-book set as one could get. The books are beautifully bound in black hardboards with sewn, smooth high quality paper. The print is crisp and easily read. Although the main book is broken into it's three volumes it follows the pagination of the 50th anniversary set; meaning the page numbering in volume 2 picks up right where the page numbering in volume 1 ends. Thus, to follow along in the Readers Companion you use the standard pagination numbers, not the volume specific numbering that is intended for a different 3 volume set in publication.
From what I have read so far, the annotations are top grade and are from renowned Tolkien Scholars. They summarize into one book, easily followed with the text, much of the information available on the variation of text and meanings etc. that exist in other Tolkien texts such as Christopher's "Histories of Middle-Earth". (I have that set too - worth every penny!).
All in all, I am extremely pleased with this purchase and am sure these books will give years of pleasure.