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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. Prufrock
    First edition of the author's landmark first book. One of only 500 copies printed. Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 81385

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  2. Ara Vos Prec.
    First edition, first impression, out-of-series copy from a print-run of 264, this copy signed by the author on the title page, with his manuscript correction substituting "Vos" for "Vus" in the title. Explaining the error, Eliot wrote to Gallup that "The correct title of the book is Ara Vos Prec. It only happened to be Vus... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 104782

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  3. The Waste Land.
    First edition, first printing, second state binding in stiff boards with the numbers in the colophon 2 mm in height. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 49740

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  4. Poems 19091925.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 110710

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  5. The Sacred Wood. Essays on Poetry and Criticism.
    Second edition, first impression. Contains a new preface and minor changes to all of the essays. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 50062

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  6. Ash Wednesday.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page Inscribed for William S. Gray by T. S. Eliot 19.v.64. The academic and teacher Dr William (Woods) Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and received his PhD from the University of Exeter. He established a correspondence with... Learn More
    £4,312

    Stock Code: 78309

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  7. Selected Essays. 1917 1932.
    First edition, first impression. Number 78 of 115 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. This volume collects thirty-three essays of literary criticism, including "Tradition and the Individual Talent" and "The Function of Criticism", as well as pieces on the Greek classics; Shakespeare, Ben Johnson, and other... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 87083

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  8. Sweeney Agonistes. Fragments of an Aristophanic Melodrama.
    £85

    Stock Code: 97886

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Murder in the Cathedral.
    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. Murder in the Cathedral.
    First complete edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Eleanor Hinckley, from T. S. Eliot, 5.vi.35". 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... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 81746

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  13. Collected Poems 1909-1935.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To G. and Polly Tandy, compts. of Possum. 31.iii.36." Eliot initially met Geoffrey Tandy, a writer, broadcaster and scientist who worked at the Natural History Museum, in a pub. As their friendship deepened, Eliot would frequently... Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 112209

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  14. Four Quartets.
    Inscribed by the author on the title page to Elizabeth Clunies-Ross: "Inscribed for Elizabeth Clunies-Ross, by T. S. Eliot." With Clunie-Ross's ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, dated February 1949. This is the sixth impression (it was first published thus in the UK in 1944, in the US in 1943, and originally... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 109915

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  15. The Family Reunion. A Play.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the night of the play's premiere to the actress who played the character of Denman, a parlourmaid: "To Miss Pamela Keily (Denman) with the author's compliments, 21 March 1939" (front free endpaper). The play, which starred a young Michael Redgrave,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 91676

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  16. 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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  17. The Idea of a Christian Society.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Charles Smyth from T. S. Eliot, 17.x.39". Smyth (19031987) was "an eminent ecclesiastical historian and a fine preacher in the Anglican communion" (Letters of T. S. Eliot, p. 805) who twice edited the Cambridge Review... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 81748

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  18. 1
    First edition, first impression, Inscribed by T. S. Eliot on the title page: "Inscribed for W. J. Crawley by Old Possum." The recipient was a director at Faber and Faber, and a friend of Eliot's from the early 1930s until the poet's death in 1965. Learn More
    £21,000

    Stock Code: 42796

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  19. Four Quartets: East Coker; The Dry Salvages; Burnt Norton; Little Gidding.
    First edition, first impression, of each of the separately published of the Four Quartets, except East Coker, which is the third (first Faber) edition as usual, preceded by the two New English Weekly Supplement printings of that poem alone. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 100727

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