The Waste Land.New York: Boni & Liveright, 1922 Stock Code: 145211
Arguably the most significant poem of the 20th centuryFirst edition in book form, first printing, first issue with all the points, number 325 of 1,000 copies. 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.
With all of Gallup's three requisite 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 first state with the "a" in "mountain" present before it dropped out, indicating an earlier stage of the printing process.
This copy has both flaps of the rare dust jacket preserved, loosely laid in, quoting Burton Rascoe's New York Tribune Review praising the poem as "a thing of bitterness and beauty... perhaps the finest poem of this generation".
Octavo. Original flexible black cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, all edges untrimmed. With the flaps of the original jacket loosely inserted. Housed in a black cloth rounded spine box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Ownership signature of Kathleen Metcalfe dated February 1923 to front free endpaper. Spine ever so lightly sunned, very light rubbing to rear cover, contents clean and unmarked. An excellent copy.
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