The First Publication of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land

    T. S. Eliot (editor). The Criterion, The New Criterion, and The Monthly Criterion. London: R. Cobden-Sanderson and Faber & Gwyer, Limited, 1922-1927.

    Twenty octavo issues, including a complete run of the first four years and four assorted issues from 1927. Also includes several loose sheets (four title pages and three Indexes, possibly printer's cancels or supplemental material). Octavo.

    Original printed wrappers with yapp edges. Uneven toning to wrappers of some volumes. Spines darkened. Edges tattered and creased. Some text edges unopened. Text clean and bright. Very good condition.

    The first issue of October 1922, of which only 600 copies were printed, contains the first appearance in print of Eliot's seminal poem The Waste Land. Other contributors here include Hermann Hesse, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, Paul Valéry, William Butler Yeats, E. M. Forster, Ford Madox Ford, Wyndham Lewis, Marcel Proust, D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Jean Cocteau, Aldous Huxley, Gertrude Stein, and Archibald Macleish.

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    The first issue (Vol. I, No. 1) has text block pulling away from the wrapper slightly along the front hinge, a result of the breakdown of the glue. Laid into this first issue is a one-page prospectus of what The Criterion aims to accomplish.

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