One of 460 Copies Printed at the Hogarth Press

    T.S. Eliot. The Waste Land. Richmond: Printed and Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1923.

    First U.K. edition, one of just 460 copies printed by hand by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. This copy with Eliot's underscored signature on a slip of paper laid in at front. Octavo (8.75 x 5.625 inches; 222 x 143 mm.). 35, [1, blank], [1, 'Previous Publications'] [1, blank] pages.

    Original blue marbled boards with printed paper title label on front board with asterisk border (Gallup's state 'A'). Slight shelf wear, with rubbing to board edges. Paper label with ink from the 'L' in 'Land' smudged diagonally, and a subtle, very light red vertical line running through the 'N'. Splitting at edge of front board and foot of spine. Spine sunned, resulting in even, brown toning, as is sometimes the case with this fragile binding. A bit of light foxing to lower free front endpaper, lower inner margin of title, and final two leaves. Overall a very good copy, with top edges entirely unopened.

    A venerable copy of the first U.K. edition of Eliot's masterwork, and arguably the most important poem written in the twentieth century, printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at their Hogarth Press in 1923. This copy with Eliot's underscored signature on a slip of paper laid-in at front.

    Gallup A6c.

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