This is number 359 of the limited 600-copy first printing, March, 1930, by The Curwen Press, of T. S. Eliot’s poem (28 numbered pages), “Ash Wednesday”, published by The Fountain Press (New York) and Faber & Faber Ltd. (London) that same year. This was his first major work published after his conversion to the Anglican church. This work is reflective of the changes in his attitude an philosophical leanings, as well as of some of the ambiguities this conversion entailed.This first printing, and the later first trade edition, were dedicated “To My Wife”, a dedication removed from later editions.
This is a near fine copy, the only flaws being a minimal bump to the upper outside front cover (see photo), and a tanned column, running top to bottom, near the gutters, of the first and last pages – presumably a printing artifact. The blue cloth cover is unfaded and clean, with no notable stains, no tears, and no fade to the lettering. The only writings are Eliot’s signature and the copy number. There are no stamps or other attachments. The binding is tight, with no loose or missing pages. There are no page tears or creases. The text is in uniformly fine condition, with no fade or other flaws. The cover, blue cloth background with gold lettering and decoration, are unfaded and clean. The spine is straight and securely attached.
The accompanying photos are accurate reflections of the book conditions.
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