The Waste Land
ELIOT, T[homas]. S[tearns], 1888-1965
Price: 3,850.00 USD
New York: Boni & Liveright [through 1923], 1922. Number 369 (stamped in type 2-mm high, per Gallup) of the second impression limited to just 1000 copies. (Though stated on the colophon as "second edition," 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, spine and upper cover lettered in gilt, all edges deckled; original salmon-pink dust jacket ,lettered in black. Near Fine, clean and complete, the gilt lettering still bright, with minor bumping to spine ends; flawed by dark offsetting from paper laid in between back end papers and between pp. 38-39 and light chipping to top of half title and title pages, which where opened carelessly. The jacket is Near Fine or better, without restoration, the front and back panels clean and complete-indeed Fine-but the spine panel darkened with trivial rubbing to ends and a sliver of loss mid-spine, not affecting any lettering. Overall, a remarkable, highly collectible copy of likely the century's most important poetic work. (Connolly, The Modern Movement, 30b). Gallup A6a. HBS 65471. Hayward 332. April is the cruelest month . . . "The celebrated opening lines [of Eliot's chef d'oeuvre describe the reawakening of the life forces in spring as unwelcome: insensate winter sleep was a far better condition. . . . The five sections of the poem do indeed present a wasteland, a desert; and it is not surprising that the title of the poem is nearly always pronounced (and quite often written) as if the two words waste land were one. . . . The civilisation that Eliot portrays is one in which the old values and loyalties have fallen apart. There is no sense of purpose in life: procreation is impeded, empathy non-existent, physical sensations dulled or skewed, and sensual pleasure thwarted." (Literary Encyclopedia) 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. First Edition. Near Fine.