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T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

THE WASTE LAND. 1923

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T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
The Waste Land. 1923
ELIOT, T.S. (1888-1965). The Waste Land. Richmond: The Hogarth Press, 1923.

First English edition, entirely unopened, one of about 460 copies. This edition of The Waste Land was particularly important to its publishers, Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Leonard Woolf wrote: ‘As an amateur printer and also the publisher of what I was printing, I found it impossible not to attend to the sense and usually after setting a line and then seeing it appear again as I took it off the machine, I got terribly irritated by it. But I never tired and still do not tire of those lines which were a new note in poetry’. Woolf describes The Waste Land as ‘the poem that had greater influence upon English poetry, indeed upon English literature, than any other in the 20th century’ (Rhein, p.22). Gallup A6c; Donna E. Rhein. The Handprinted Books of Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1917-1932. Ann Arbor: 1985.

Octavo (222 x 141mm). Original blue mottled boards, printed paper label on cover [Gallup state 1], unopened (extremities lightly rubbed, heavier at spine ends with tiny splits at upper joint, spine somewhat faded).
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