Near Fine. Signed by Author Limited edition of 300 numbered copies. Signed by Eliot on the limitation page. Publisher's brown marbled boards flecked with gilt over white parchment spine, gilt lettering to the spine, boards ruled in gilt, top edge gilt, printed at the Officina Bodoni in Verona, Italy, in Dante type on Pescia paper by Giovanni Mardersteig; housed in the publisher's brown marbled slipcase flecked with gilt. Fine book; slipcase with a hint of wear to the extremities, split to a bottom hinge, else sturdy and intact. Overall, an extremely fresh copy. Gallup A6.d. Beginning with the line "April is the cruellest month, " The Waste Land is a melancholy modernist poem about the decline of modern European society, broken into five parts, each of which refers to a different scene and speaker. First published in 1922 by Boni and Liveright, it is considered to be one of the most important poems of the twentieth century as well as Eliot's masterpiece. Notably, the poem is dedicated to Ezra Pound, who worked closely with Eliot to edit the text prior to its publication. This limited edition is the first deluxe edition of The Waste Land, following the first American editions and the limited English edition published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press in 1923.
Quarto. Original white pigskin backed marbled boards, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt, other untrimmed. With the original marbled slipcase. A little spotting to the spine, upper board slightly bowed. An excellent copy. First edition thus. One of 300 numbered copies signed by the author 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.
Arguably the greatest long poem of the 20th century, a Connolly 100 title, of which Connolly said "Of The Waste Land I will say nothing but that we should read it every April. It is the breviary of post-war disillusion, 'the hope only of empty men, ' written in Switzerland after a near break-down...hard to listen to without tears." GALLUP A6.b. One of 1, 000 numbered copies, of which this is no.89, hand-written on the copyright page; "mount in" on line 339, p.41 uncorrected. Slim octavo; black cloth over flexible boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and front panel; 64pp. Spine gently sunned (gilt still perfectly legible), trifle rubbing to panels, with a vintage bookseller's label to rear pastedown; a Very Good to Near Fine copy.
Near Fine in Near Fine+ jacket. Number 369 (stamped in type 2-mm high, per Gallup A6b) of the second impression limited to just 1000 copies. (Though stated as the "second edition" on the colophon page, this second impression of 1000 copies was printed from the same setting of type as the first printing and is more accurately termed, as listed in Gallup, the "second impression.") With the incorrect 'mount in, ' line 339, p. 41. Slim octavo; 64pp. Publisher's stiff black cloth, the spine and upper cover lettered in gilt, all edges deckled; in the original salmon-pink dust jacket printed in black. Near Fine, clean and complete, the gilt lettering still bright, with minor bumping to the spine ends; flawed by dark offsetting from paper laid in between the rear end papers and between pp. 38-39 and light chipping to the top of the half title and title pages where the uncut pages were opened carelessly; otherwise a bright, unmarred, very lightly read copy with no names, bookplates, or writing. The jacket is Near Fine or better without restoration, the front and back panel clean and completeżindeed Fineżbut the spine darkened with trivial rubbing to the ends and a small sliver of loss mid-spine, not affecting any lettering. Overall, a remarkable, highly collectible copy of likely the century's most important poetic work. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Spine is slightly askew and moderately faded (resulting in even, brown toning on spine), moderate rubbing at extremities of covers and spine, with thin nicks and slight splitting at edge of spine and back cover (at gutter where rear cover joins the... ELIOT, T. S. THE WASTE LAND [A Poem]. [Gallup A6c, "about 460 copies printed"; Woolmer 28]. Octavo, blue marbled paper covered boards with publisher's printed label on front cover (with publisher's label in Gallup's 1st state), 35 pages. The Hogarth Press printing of "The Waste Land" (first line beginning: "April is the cruellest month..."); hand-printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf in an edition of approximately 460 copies.
Near Fine. First English edition, first state. One of approximately 460 copies printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press. Bound in the publisher's blue marbled paper boards. A near fine copy, with some discoloration along the top edges, usual rubbing, wear to the corners, some spotting on the endpapers and a hint of spotting throughout, former owner's bookplate to front pastedown, red ownership stamp to front free endpaper, spine fragile and dimmed with some chipping, but unbroken. Unusual in this condition, especially with the paper spine intact, and overall an attractive copy. Gallup A6b, Woolmer 28. Beginning with the line "April is the cruellest month, " The Waste Land is a melancholy modernist poem about the decline of modern European society, broken into five parts, each of which refers to a different scene and speaker. It is considered to be one of the most important poems of the twentieth century.
Octavo. Original marbled blue paper boards, white paper title label to upper board printed in black. Edges of boards typically rubbed, spine tanned and with minor wear at head and tail, a very decent unsophisticated example of at notoriously vulnerable publication. First English edition, sole impression. One of about 460 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs. The label is the one with the border of asterisks, Gallup's state 1 of 3, albeit without apparent priority. From the library of the writer John Clute with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Gallup A6c; Woolmer 28.
Mostly unopened. A spectacular copy of both the book and the dustwrapper, just as new as the day it was published. Stiff black boards. Stated "Second Edition" in the colophon, this is actually a second impression of the First Edition from the same setting of type but with a different colophon and with the reading "mount in" on page 41 uncorrected. Gallup A-6b. Copy #734 of 1000 numbered copies. Though not identified as such, this copy is from the estate of Scofield Thayer, benefactor of the arts and publisher of the literary magazine THE DIAL from 1920 to 1926. Thayer was a school friend of Eliot and arranged for Eliot to be the 1922 recipient of the Dial $2000 annual award to a young American writer. The award is noted on the front panel of the dustwrapper.
Near Very Good in Good jacket. Second edition, hardcover, #426 (? , last digit is hard to make out as the ink has filled the center part of it) of 1, 000 copies, light bumps to spine ends and corners, boards and page edges a litlle soiled, some light smudges within, otherwise solid, a Near Very Good copy in a Goo only dustjacket which has browning clear tape covering the spine and which has tape shadows to all four corners of each panel from clear tape reinforcements which have since fallen off, dustjacket has a shallow chip to the top edge of the front panel, small chips at corners and some light soiling.
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