• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 83

    ELIOT, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965). Collected Poems 1909-1935. London: Faber and Faber, 1936. 8° (222 x 145mm). Original cloth, spine lettered in gilt (spine panel detached, spine and board evenly darkened by remnants of adhesive). Provenance: T. S. Eliot (autograph addition on p. 66) -- Geoffrey Curtis (note recording the gift from the author, some pencilled marginalia) -- Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield (stamp and pressmark).

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    ELIOT, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965). Collected Poems 1909-1935. London: Faber and Faber, 1936. 8° (222 x 145mm). Original cloth, spine lettered in gilt (spine panel detached, spine and board evenly darkened by remnants of adhesive). Provenance: T. S. Eliot (autograph addition on p. 66) -- Geoffrey Curtis (note recording the gift from the author, some pencilled marginalia) -- Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield (stamp and pressmark).

    WITH A LINE ADDED IN ELIOT'S HAND IN THE WASTE LAND, and presented to the Anglican priest Geoffrey Curtis. The line ('the ivory men make company between us') is inserted between lines 137 and 138 in part II, 'A Game of Chess'. Eliot's wife Vivien is said to have found the line too personal and it was removed from the published version. Eliot evidently cared for the line and re-inserted it in manuscript in at least one other copy (sold to benefit the London Library). Curtis, later a member of the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, maintained a long and rich correspondence with Eliot (see lot 16 in Christie's King St. auction 7760, 24 November 2009).


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