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ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : CHARLES WHIBLEY : A MEMOIR.

ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : CHARLES WHIBLEY : A MEMOIR.

London : Oxford University Press, 1931. First edition. Eliot’s essay on his friend and advisor, the literary journalist Charles Whibley (1859-1930). English Association Pamphlet No. 80. Not separately published in the USA.
Royal 8vo (25cm). 13,[iii]pp. Original grey wrappers, lettered in black; a little tanned as usual, but otherwise a very good and partially unopened copy. Gallup A20a.

£20

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ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : THE FAMILY REUNION : A PLAY.

ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : THE FAMILY REUNION : A PLAY.

London : Faber & Faber, (1939). First edition : in the earlier (cream) dust-jacket. Set at Wishwood, a stately home in the north of England. First performed at the Westminster Theatre in March 1939, with Michael Redgrave, Helen Haye, etc. – “superbly impressive ... certainly enlarged the boundaries of dramatic experiment” (The Era, 31st August 1939).
Demy 8vo (23cm). 136pp. Original grey cloth, lettered in red; covers lightly bruised, with a couple of marks, a few marks to edges; a good and sound copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly worn at tips, with a couple of nicks and a single short tear, but complete and close to very good.

£40

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ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS.

ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1939). First edition. The first appearance of Growltiger, the Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees, Macavity the Mystery Cat, Bustopher Jones, Skimbleshanks, etc. The cover and dust-jacket illustrations are by Eliot himself, neither being repeated inside the book.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). (46),[ii]pp. Original yellow pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in red; a few slight marks; some spotting, mainly of edges, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a little rubbed, worn and sunned; lightly marked; slightly chipped at head, with a few nicks and very short tears, but a still attractive and welcome survival. With the ex-libris label of Ruth Kitching. Gallup A34a.

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ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : THE ELDER STATESMAN : A PLAY.

ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : THE ELDER STATESMAN : A PLAY.

London : Faber & Faber, (1959). First edition. An Eliot play first produced at the Edinburgh Festival in 1958, with Anna Massey, Alec McCowen, etc. – a man of distinction and respect is confronted by his past.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 108,[ii],[2]pp. Original red cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; slight spotting of top edge; endpapers lightly tanned, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped, just faintly tanned and with a couple of tiny nicks and spots, but also very good. Contemporary (June 1959) gift inscription.

£25

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