The Waste Land.New York : 1922 Stock Code: 139200
NotesFirst edition in book form, first printing, number 254 of 1,000 copies. With Gallup's three points indicative of first issue: numbered within the first 500 or so copies, flexible boards, and with the stamped numbers in the colophon 5mm high. Page 41 is in the second state with the "a" in "mountain" dropped out, but this has no bearing on priority of issue. The Waste Land - arguably the most significant poem of the 20th century - was first published in The Criterion magazine earlier that year; this marks its first separate publication.
Octavo. Original flexible black cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, all edges untrimmed. Housed in a custom black morocco solander box, printed labels to spine.
Presentation inscription dated 1946 to front free endpaper with a motto "Our Waste Lands can too be precious in the future"; bookseller's ticket (Books Inc, San Francisco) to rear pastedown. Spine lightly sunned with very light wear at ends, very minor bumping around extremities, else cloth clean with joints and hinges intact; contents lightly toned without marking. A very good copy.
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