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ELIOT, T. S.

Rare books by T. S. Eliot, including first editions and signed first edition copies of Prufrock, The Waste Land, and Four Quartets, and original letters.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) was one of the leading literary figures and major poets of the Twentieth century.
Born in Missouri, Eliot relocated to the United Kingdom at the age of 25, becoming a British subject in 1927. A contemporary ofEzra Pound, Eliot’s first major publication The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock (1915), gained distinction as a leading Modernist piece. Ensuing publications included The Waste Land (1922), The Hollow Men (1925),Ash Wednesday(1930) and Four Quartets (1945).

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  1. Prufrock

    Prufrock

    and other Observations.
    First edition of the author's landmark first book. One of only 500 copies printed. Learn More
    £6,500

    Date of Publication: 1917

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 81385

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  2. Poems.

    Poems.

    First edition, first impression, first issue text with the misprints on p. 13 uncorrected, first issue wrappers with the title label printed in red. An Eliot family copy with the ownership signature of Eliot's cousin the educationalist Abigail Adams Eliot to the first blank. The precise details of the earliest issues of this book are typically a little unclear. Learn More
    £17,500

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: Richmond

    Stock Code: 71416

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  3. Ara Vos Prec.
    signed

    Ara Vos Prec.

    First edition, first impression, out-of-series copy from a print-run of 264, this copy signed by the author on the title page, with his manuscript correction substituting "Vos" for "Vus" in the title. Explaining the error, Eliot wrote to Gallup that "The correct title of the book is Ara Vos Prec. It only happened to be Vus on the title page because I don't know Provençal, and I was quoting from an Italian edition of Dante the editor of which apparently did not know Italian either"; the mistake was noticed in time for the correct title to be printed on the spine-label. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104782

    Signed: Yes

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  4. The Waste Land.

    The Waste Land.

    First edition, first printing, second state binding in stiff boards with the numbers in the colophon 2 mm in height. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 49740

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  5. The Waste Land.

    The Waste Land.

    First edition, first printing, second state, in stiff boards and with the dropped "a" on page 41. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 100870

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  6. The Waste Land.

    The Waste Land.

    First English edition, sole impression. One of about 460 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs. The label is the one with the border of asterisks, Gallups state 1 of 3, albeit without apparent priority. From the library of the writer John Clute with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £5,750

    Date of Publication: 1923

    Published: Richmond:

    Stock Code: 90050

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  7. Poems 19091925.

    Poems 19091925.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1925

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110710

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  8. The Sacred Wood. Essays on Poetry and Criticism.

    The Sacred Wood. Essays on Poetry and Criticism.

    Second edition, first impression. Contains a new preface and minor changes to all of the essays. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 50062

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  9. Poems 19091925.
    signed

    Poems 19091925.

    Third impression of the first edition of this collection (originally published 1925), signed by Eliot on the title page, and dated "15.5.30". The collection selects from Prufrock (1917), Poems (1920), and also prints The Waste Land (1922) and The Hollow Men (1925). Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 85044

    Signed: Yes

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  10. For Lancelot Andrewes.
    signed

    For Lancelot Andrewes.

    Essays on Style and Order.
    First US edition, first printing. Inscribed one week prior to the official publication, expressing Eliot's apparent dissatisfaction with the jacket design, "Eleanor Hinkley from T. S. Eliot affectionately 30.iv.29 (I am not responsible for the stars, on the wrapper)." Hinckley was Eliot's cousin and a frequent correspondent. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: Garden City

    Stock Code: 41397

    Signed: Yes

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  11. Intimate Journals.

    Intimate Journals.

    First Edition, First Impression, Limited Issue being one of 50 numbered copies, specially bound, printed on handmade paper and signed by Eliot. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published:

    Stock Code: 41401

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  12. Ash Wednesday.
    signed

    Ash Wednesday.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page "Inscribed for William S. Gray by T. S. Eliot 19.v.64." The academic and teacher Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and received his PhD from the University of Exeter. He established a correspondence with T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden (who dedicated his poem "The Aliens" to him), and a number of other English and American writers and poets. Learn More
    £5,750

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 78309

    Signed: Yes

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  13. 116499comp
    signed

    Ash Wednesday.

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 539 of 600 copies signed by the author. Of this, 200 were offered for sale in the United Kingdom, and the rest exported to the United States. The UK trade issue appeared five days later in a run of 2,000 copies on 29 April, and the same number of copies were printed for the US trade issue in September. Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116499

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Sweeney Agonistes. Fragments of an Aristophanic Melodrama.
    £85

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 97886

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  15. Selected Essays. 1917 1932.
    signed

    Selected Essays. 1917 1932.

    First edition, first impression. Number 78 of 115 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. This volume collects thirty-three essays of literary criticism, including "Tradition and the Individual Talent" and "The Function of Criticism", as well as pieces on the Greek classics; Shakespeare, Ben Johnson, and other Elizabethan dramatists; Dante; William Blake and other Metaphysical poets; and modern authors such as Dickens and Baudelaire. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 87083

    Signed: Yes

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  16. The Rock.
    signed

    The Rock.

    Second edition. Inscribed by Eliot on the title page, "Inscribed for Miss Kathleen Reader by T. S. Eliot." Reader played the role of the Merchant's Daughter in an early production of this play. Loosely inserted is a letter from Eliot's secretary stating that this volume she had sent to him for signing was, and is being returned. Learn More
    £1,800

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 41404

    Signed: Yes

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  17. After Strange Gods.

    After Strange Gods.

    A primer of modern heresy. The Page-Barbour lectures at the University of Virginia.
    First edition, first impression. A difficult series of essays which Eliot is supposed to have refused to reprint, ostensibly due to Pound's displeasure at some passages glancing at his ideology, although a second impression of this edition was printed later in 1934. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112312

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  18. The Rock.

    The Rock.

    A pagent play written for performance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre 28 May – 9 June 1934 on behalf of the forty-five churches fund of the Diocese of London.
    First edition, first impression, a superb copy. One the earlier of Eliot's works to be more-or-less dominated by Christian doctrine (and created in collaboration with a veritable synod of churchmen), The Rock envisages the modern era with Eliot's characteristic brand of scornfully sweeping bitterness - "The Church disowned, the tower overthrown, the bells upturned, what have we to do / but stand with empty hands and palms turned upwards / in an age which advances progressively backwards?" One of 1000 copies issued in the trade binding. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114420

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  19. Murder in the Cathedral.
    signed

    Murder in the Cathedral.

    Acting edition for the Festival of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral.
    First edition, first impression, titled and signed by Eliot on the jacket, with a note in his handwriting: "Lent to Speech Training Group." One of 750 copies published in May 1935 for sale at performances of the play in Canterbury Cathedral, with slightly altered and abbreviated text following that used in the performances. The full text was first published in June of the same year by Faber and Faber. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: Canterbury

    Stock Code: 96015

    Signed: Yes

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  20. Murder in the Cathedral.
    signed

    Murder in the Cathedral.

    First complete edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Eleanor Hinckley, from T. S. Eliot, 5.vi.35". Hinckley was Eliot's cousin and a frequent correspondent. Loosely inserted into this copy are the programme for the play's first performance at the Canterbury festival of Music & Drama in April 1935, as well as two photographs from a separate performance (in the late 1930s or very early 1940s) showing the marquee of the Shubert Theatre advertising the play. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 81746

    Signed: Yes

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