ELIOT, T.S. Notes towards the Definition of Culture. London: Faber and Faber, 1948.
8vo. Original blue cloth; lettered in gilt to spine; original unclipped dust jacket; pp. 124; previous bookseller sticker to front paste down; spine slightly faded and cocked; jacket lightly browned and spine slightly darkened, with some nicks, particularly to head of spine; still a very good copy overall.
In this famous essay Eliot examines the definitions and uses of the word 'Culture', as well as discussing the conditions in which culture itself can flourish: as an organic, shared system of beliefs that cannot be planned or artificially induced. The book has been viewed as a critique of postwar Europe and a defence of conservatism and Christianity.