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Murder in the Cathedral.

Published: London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1935

Stock code: 81746

Price: £4,500

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First complete edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Eleanor Hinckley, from T. S. Eliot,”. 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. This printing was preceded by an abbreviated acting edition for sale at performances of the play in Canterbury Cathedral.

Octavo. Original purple cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Minor scuff and small bump to upper board. An excellent copy in the rubbed and dulled jacket with some nicks and short splits and toned spine panel.

Bibliography: Gallup A29b.

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