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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. 81385
    First edition of Eliot's first book, one of 500 copies printed. The collection opens with one of Eliot's best known poems, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", written while he was still a student at Harvard in his early 20s, but not published in book form until this volume, which was printed with the silent financial... Learn More
    £6,500

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  2. 100870
    First edition, second impression, number 575 of a limited issue of 1,000 copies. Although the colophon describes this as the "second edition" Gallup confirms it is actually a second impression from the same setting of type as the first, with the error "mount in" on line 339, p. 41 left uncorrected. Learn More
    £3,750

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  3. 129587
    First UK edition in book form, sole impression, one of about 460 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs, with the title label in the first state with asterisks (one of three states noted by Gallup, with no priority). The Waste Land was originally published in the first issue of The Criterion, the quarterly review which Eliot... Learn More
    £7,500

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  4. 130339
    First edition, first impression, uncommon in the jacket. The collection selects from Prufrock (1917), Poems (1920), and also prints The Waste Land (1922, here including for the first time the dedication to Ezra Pound as "il miglior fabbro") and The Hollow Men, for which this is the first appearance. Learn More
    £500

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  5. 129697

    Poems.

    New York: 1927

    Second US edition, first printing, following the first US edition of 1920. Learn More
    £350

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  6. 130044comp
    Signed limited edition, number 209 of 400 copies numbered and signed by the author. The first trade edition was published just 19 days earlier. Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 130044

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  7. 41401comp
    First edition, first impression, limited issue, number 12 of 50 copies on handmade paper, specially bound, and signed by Eliot. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 41401

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  8. 130875comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This copy is in the second state with the cancel half-title leaf with the series note corrected to "No. 24". Signed copies of this work are notably uncommon. By "shifting the focus of criticism from the author to the work and altering the centre of... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 130875

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  9. After Strange Gods.
    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

    Stock Code: 112312

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  10. 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

    Stock Code: 41404

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  11. 96015
    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.... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 96015

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  12. 130845
    First edition, first impression, of this collection which "contains all Mr Eliot's poetry that he wishes to preserve", including the first appearance in print of Burnt Norton (dust jacket blurb). Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 130845

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  13. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
    First edition, first impression. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 100936

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  14. Four Quartets.
    First collected edition, first impression with the slug "First American Edition" to the verso of the title page. In the first issue dust jacket with nine titles on the lower panel and 2.00 price to the front flap. This printing was recalled by the publishers after only 788 copies had been distributed on the grounds that... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 52058

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  15. 126199
    First collected edition, first printing, with the slug "first American edition" to the verso of the title page. Two printings were produced prior to publication. The first printing constituted 4,165 copies, but the poor quality of the printing led to the publisher destroying all but 788 copies, which were sent out to retain... Learn More
    £2,500

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  16. 116647comp
    First and limited edition, number 1,167 of 1,240 copies. Presentation copy to T. S. Eliot, inscribed by the author on half-title, "A T. S. Eliot avec l'admiration constante de Georges Cattaui". In 1936 Cattaui translated "Journey of the Magi" and "The Hollow Men" for publication in Mesures and was in correspondence with... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 116647

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  17. 128719comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page, with his printed name struck through. The Cocktail Party was first produced at the Edinburgh Festival from 22 to 27 August 1949. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 128719

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  18. The Complete Poems and Plays.
    First collected edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "Inscribed for Maisie Drew by T. S. Eliot, Webster Groves, 3.vi.53." Laid in is a Wall Street Journal article on Eliot, published a few days after the poet's death. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 111829

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  19. The Three Voices of Poetry.
    First Edition, First Impression. Presentation copy inscribed on the front cover in blue ink "To Isabel Jeans as a Christmas Card from T. S. E." The present copy contains "The Eleventh Annual Lecture of the National Book League, delivered by T.S. Eliot, O.M., at the Central Hall, Westminster, on Thursday 19th November, 1953"... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 41408

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  20. 67843comp
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 300 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. The book was not published in England. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 67843

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  21. 50750comp
    First edition, first impression, one of a limited edition of 300 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 50750

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  22. The Confidential Clerk: a Play.
    First edition, first impression, proof copy, with the misprint "Ihad" for "I had" in line 2 up on page 7. The Confidential Clerk was first produced at the Edinburgh Festival in 1953 and then had "a respectable run" (ODNB) at the Lyric, Hammersmith. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 109608

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  23. 130104comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to the French novelist and playwright Georges Duhamel, inscribed by the author a month after publication on the front free endpaper: "à Monsieur Georges Duhamel en hommage à l'ecrivain et l'homme de la part de T. S. Eliot 8.4.54". Duhamel had served as a surgeon during... Learn More
    £1,750

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    First edition, first impression; 1200 copies printed. Presentation copy, inscribed on the top front cover "to Julie Malman with most cordial good wishes T. S. Eliot." Booklet issued on the presentation of the Hanseatic Goethe Prize awarded to Eliot. An important essay and rare in presentation state. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 41409

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  25. 66245
    First edition, first impression of an address on given on the occasion of Eliot being awarded the Goethe Prize. Inscribed by Eliot on the upper wrapper, For Peter de Sautoy (1912-1995), the chairman of Faber & Faber and later administrator of the Pound estate, "for Peter de Sautoy from T. S. Eliot". Also with a correction... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 66245

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  26. 130847comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with his printed name struck through. A collection of Eliot's "most important" literary essays which "revisit the French symbolists and the development of language in twentieth-century poetry" (ODNB). Dedicated to Valerie, his secretary, whom he married... Learn More
    £1,250

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  27. The Elder Statesman.
    First edition thus of Eliot's play, first produced at the Edinburgh Festival 1958. The green jacket of the present copy is for Gallup an early-issue point; later copies would come in a thinner, grey jacket. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 97871

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  28. 129589comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with his printed name struck through. The Elder Statesman was first produced at the Edinburgh Festival between 25 and 30 August 1958; the original cast list is printed at the end of the work. The green jacket of the present copy is listed by Gallup... Learn More
    £1,250

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  29. 130832comp
    First Bodoni edition, number 63 of 290 copies signed by the poet on the limitation leaf. A magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the twentieth century. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 130832

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  30. Geoffrey Faber 1889-1961.
    First edition, first impression, in the first issue cellophane jacket. Number 37 of a limited edition of 100 copies printed for private distribution on the occasion of Sir Geoffrey Faber's memorial service at St Giles-in-the-Fields, Holborn, 10th May 1961. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 94447

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