Ash Wednesday.London: Faber & Faber Ltd., 1930 Stock Code: 143443
NotesFirst edition, first impression, trade issue, superbly inscribed and signed by Eliot on the title page, "pray for us sinners" (quoting the end of the first section: "Teach us to care and not to care / teach us to sit still. // Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death"). The signed limited issue of 600 copies is reasonably readily available, but inscribed copies of this key early religious poem by T. S. Eliot are very scarce.
The front endpaper has the 1940 pencil ownership inscription of J. P. Pattinson, The Knoll, Windermere, most likely Dr. John Patrick Pattinson (1920-2005), who at this time was in his first year at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Octavo. Original cloth, spine lettered in gilt, titles to front cover within elaborate frame design in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With the dust jacket, supplied.
Minor mark to cloth along front joint, but still an excellent copy, sound and internally clean, with the jacket chipped at the head but otherwise unusually well preserved, tiny nicks only to other corners.
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