The Waste Land

ELIOT, T.S. The Waste Land.

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A stunningly beautiful copy of this landmark work

ELIOT, T.S. The Waste Land. New York: Boni and Liveright. 1922.

8vo. Original stiff black cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover, with scarce original dustwrapper; pp. 64; partially uncut, a fine copy in a fine dustwrapper.
First edition. Number 594 of 1000 numbered copies, later state of about 500 copies in stiff rather than flexible cloth, and with the dropped "a" in "mountain" on page 41. This is as pristine a copy of this towering work of twentieth century literature as you are likely to find.
For this book publication Eliot added the "Notes" which were not included in the periodical appearances of the poem in the Criterion (October 1922) and the Dial (November 1922). Eliot's main purpose in providing these notes was to make the book a bit more substantial in size as he thought the poem was a little short for an entire book. He was later to describe these notes as a "remarkable exposition of bogus scholarship".
Gallup A6a.

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