I am assuming that Tolkien was trying to head off unauthorized editions of his books.
Tolkien's perfectionist obsession with revisions and corrections meant that the official American paperback of The Lord of the Rings was delayed and delayed ... and meanwhile, naughtily taking advantage of a loophole in US copyright law, Ace Books brought out unauthorized paperbacks. Eventually the authorized edition appeared with Tolkien's stern message: "Those who approve of courtesy (at least) to living authors will purchase it and no other."
Note JRRT's statement at the end of his revised Foreword too: 'To them, and to all who have been pleased by this book, especially those Across the Water for whom it is specially intended, I dedicate this edition.'
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