New York: Boni & Liveright, 1922. First Edition. Flexible covers. A remarkably well preserved copy of T. S. Eliot's magnum opus. A true first state copy with flexible boards and the limitation number in 5 mm font. Number 134 of 1000, approximately 500 of which were offered in the first state flexible boards. Water with the dropped "a" on page 22 and "mountain" spelled correctly on page 41. Very Good+ with slight sunning to the spine rubbing to the boards, but all gilt bright and complete. A small dampstain on the fore-edge of pages 15-26, but overall a very nice copy.
Arguably, one of the most important and influential poems written in the 20th century. “Of The Waste Land I will say nothing but that we should read it every April. It is the breviary of post-war disillusion, ‘the hope only of empty men’, written in Switzerland after a near break-down, pruned of some connecting passages (including a ship-wreck) by Pound, and as Adrienne Monnier wrote of Pelléas, hard to listen to without tears...‘Eliot’s Waste Land is I think the justification of the modern experiment since 1900’ (Pound)” (Connolly, The Modern Movement, 30b).
Connolly 100 30b. Gallup, Eliot, A6a. Very Good + (Item #464)