Like all my book loving contemporaries, I read The Lord of the Rings back in the late 1960s, when it was one of the cult novels of flower children era.
The first edition I read was a large paperback omnibus, lost long ago. However, in 1973 I bought this really very lovely India paper edition, no doubt quite rare these days. It has a slipcase, so has lasted the years on my bookshelf in good condition. As well as having the full text of the three novels, it has fold out maps and a decorative front cover which does not show to advantage as a scan.