1977 [?]- Lord of the Rings Three Volumes- Tolkien Art Covers – Gold Heraldry Box w/o Hobbit State – Mass Market Paperback – Ballantine

Sometimes around 1976 or perhaps more likely 1977 Ballantine released a three book set in the gold symbol box without a version of the hobbit. The box is slightly smaller than the one with four books.

The Reprint Edition of the Tolkien Covers (as compared to the earlier Authorized Edition) set does not “The Authorized Edition” printed at the top center of the cover and the “This paperback edition, and no other has been published with my consent and cooperation…” is not on the back.

This edition has “Fantasy” printed on the top of the spine underneath the “BB” logo.