This is one of a series of titles first published by Faber between 1930 and 1990, and in a style and format planned with a view to the appearance of the volumes on the bookshelf. In the four parts of this book of poetry - "Burnt Norton", "East Coker", "The Dry Salvages" and "Little Gidding" - T.S. Eliot conducts a rigorous meditation on the ...Read MoreThis is one of a series of titles first published by Faber between 1930 and 1990, and in a style and format planned with a view to the appearance of the volumes on the bookshelf. In the four parts of this book of poetry - "Burnt Norton", "East Coker", "The Dry Salvages" and "Little Gidding" - T.S. Eliot conducts a rigorous meditation on the spiritual, philosophical and personal themes which preoccupied him.Read Less
Fair in poor dust jacket. Signed by previous owner. Solid but worn copy. Missing DJ front/most of spine. Remaining DJ is stained/chipped/worn. Many notes/underlining. good binding. Quite edge-worn. Bumped corners. Signed by previous owner. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 39 p. Audience: General/trade. Series of four poems published individually from 1936 to 1942, and in book form in 1943; in the fiery days of World War II, Four Quartets stands as a testament to the power of poetry amid the chaos of the time. The work is considered to be Eliot's masterpiece.
Very good. No dust jacket. Signed by previous owner. Boards scuffed with light wear at bottom edge. Gilt lettering on spine fading. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. Has neither the designation "First American edition" of the first printing nor the bracketed Harcourt designation of the later printings.
Very Good. Very good in an about very good jacket. Lightly toned tiny chip 39pp. Second impression/state No edition statement or printing code on verso. In a jacket, noting Eliot's Nobel Prize and with $2.50 flap price. Tight binding text unmarked. Please email for photos.
Very Good. 1943 Harcourt Brace second state. No codes or printing statements on the copyright page. Hardcover with DJ, 39 pages, blank rear flap and nine titles on rear panel of price clipped jacket. Tight and unmarked with light shelfwear to jacket. Please email for photos.
Faint pencil inscription, in unknown hand, dated 1944, on front pastedown. Front and rear flyleaves quite foxed, else a clean, bright very good copy in very good dust jacket. The jacket is moderately tanned on spine, light foxing on both panels, with... ELIOT, T. S. FOUR QUARTETS. [Gallup A43b]. Octavo, tan cloth, 44 pages. Connolly 100 title: "The most important poem since Yeats' The Tower, and, as many think, of this century" [Connolly No. 92].
Good in Good jacket. Hardcover. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. FIRST BRITISH EDITION, first printing. Rare variant. This is printed on paper watermarked "A MILLBOURN & Co / BRITISH HANDMADE". Copyright page reads "First published in this edition Mcmxliv" as called for in the first edition. A very unusual dust jacket that has chain lines as well as watermarks, "GB" over "815" over "LEDGER", is light grey, lettered black and red. Jacket is not price clipped (priced "6s net"). There are general complaints from dealers about the quality of this book because of the war but this copy seems to have been specially printed on quality handmade paper and with quality paper for the dust jacket. A little bit of waviness to the handmade paper (as is common with this stock). Previously owned by Francis Scarfe, critic, novelist, poet and scholar, with his name on the front endpaper. On the rear endpaper is a poem in Spanish(? ) and English that is crossed out but sill mostly legible which appears to be signed TS. Jacket is darkened and rubbed at the extremities. There is a one inch archivally repaired tear at the spine and the back panel. This comes with a special provenance. This was acquired by Dorothy Ziern (born 1917 (still alive! )) acquired this book from the Eliot estate at Westminster Place here in St. Louis. It has been in possession of Ziern-Hanon Galleries from this acquision. No previous owner's names, not exlibrary. Overall an GOOD PLUS book in a GOOD dust jacket. Photos available upon request. A good gift for the Bibliographer or Collector.
Very good. Four volume set; first edition, first issues from Faber and Faber Limited. Very good in paper wraps. Each is printed on high quality deckled edge paper and carefully bound. The four titles are: "Burnt Norton" 1941, "The Dry Salvages" 1941, "East Coker" 1940, and "Little Gidding" 1942. All are in very good condition. The jacket of "East Coker" has separated at the spine and has some pieces missing at rear at spine, a couple of tears at front to spine. All other jackets are intact. Foxing on The Dry Salvages and East Coker. Comes housed all together in a custom slip case.
Very Good. B008W1FRIO. Stated "first American edition." One of 788 copies that escaped the publisher's recall for poor printing quality. Spot of white paint on top edge, moderate shelf wear and aging to boards, else very good in black cloth. No dust jacket.; 39 pages.
1st edition. This is a set of the true first Faber printings, in pamphlet form (1940, 1941, and 1942 for the last two titles) of each of the four poems which comprise Eliot's great Four Quartets-and in fine or very near fine condition. Each title is in differently coloured card covers as issued, very clean, no tears, some minor bumping to the edges of a couple of the poems. Apart from some minor spotting to the gutters of two leaves in Burnt Norton, the pages of the four poems are free from foxing or any other marks (the third title has the true Adelphi watermark). Little Gidding is here in its earliest state, ie sewn not stapled. Burnt Norton had appeared in Eliot's 1936 Collected Poems, while East Coker had earlier appeared in New English Weekly; the other two poems were here published for the first time. A set in extremely collectable condition, here together with the audiobook CD recording of the Four Quartets read by Ralph Fiennes, with a 1-hour running time.
Four uniform first impressions of the separate appearances in pamphlet form of Eliot's wartime masterpiece. East Coker: 16pp; yellow paper wrappers printed in black (Near Fine, barring the usual toning) over white card covers, stapled. Light foxing throughout, the final 8pp uncut [Gallup A36c]. Burnt Norton: 16pp; aquamarine paper wrappers printed in black folded over stiff white covers; stapled. Fine, with just a hint of fading along the spine crease. [Gallup [A37]. The Dry Salvages: 16pp; pale blue paper wrappers printed in black folded over stiff cream (Gallup's first state) paper without the Adelphi watermark. Very Good or better, the wraps faded and lightly foxed, with a stain on the inner flap fold, but the pages bright and unmarked, except for an owner's inscription in a neat hand on the half-title [Gallup A39]. Little Gidding: 16pp; stiff mauve wrappers printed in black, stapled (Gallup's second state). Near Fine or better with traces of foxing to the back panel, internally bright and fresh [Gallup A42]. First Faber printing of the first title (East Coker first appeared in two forms associated with its publication in The New English Weekly. ), first separate edition of the second title (first published in Collected Poems, 1936), and first editions of the latter two titles. East Coker is the village in Somerset from which Eliot's ancestors departed for the New World in 1669; Burnt Norton refers to the Gloucestershire manor house erected on the foundation of a house that burned to the ground in 17th century; The Dry Salvages is a group of rocks off Cape Ann, and so harks to the poet's New England roots, and Little Gidding was the manor in Huntingdonshire that was the destination of poets' pilgrimages as the site where Nicholas Ferrar founded an Anglican religious community in the mid-17th century. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
He drives my sister crazy because of his irrational syntax, but I am more into incantation than she is. I love these poems to distraction. It helps to read them aloud. I had downloaded a version off the internet, and it is a huge thrill now to have a decent copy, especially since I had forgotten how many lines from these poems had made it into my permanent library of catch-phrases, i.e., "the still point of the turning world."
Mar 10, 2011
In a hectic argumentative deadline driven profession this invaluable book from this invaluable man is a gift and a friend.
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