London: Faber & Faber [through 1942], 1940. Four beautifully preserved (and unfaded) first and early impressions of the separate appearances in pamphlet form of Eliot's wartime masterpiece. 8vo (229 x 160mm): each 16pp. East Coker: yellow wrappers printed in black over mauve card covers, stapled. Fine, barring minute numeral "2" to top corner of front wrapper, neat name and date to front flap. Burnt Norton: aquamarine wrappers printed in black over white card covers, stapled. Fine (trace of soiling to front cover edges). The Dry Salvages: pale blue card covers printed in black, stapled. About Fine (numeral "3" to top corner of front cover, neat name and date to inside front cover). Little Gidding: mauve card covers printed in black, sewn (Gallup's first binding). Fine (trace of fading to two edges). Sixth Impression (February 1942) of first Faber edition of first title (East Coker first appeared in two separate printings associated with its publication in The New English Weekly); first separate edition of the second title (first published in Collected Poems, 1936); third impression, first edition, of third title; first impression, first edition, of fourth title. Gallup A36c, A37, A39, A42. Modern Movement 92 ("the most important poem since Yeats' The Tower, and, as many think, of the century"). Fine / Fine. Item #BB2292
East Coker is the village in Somerset from which Eliot's ancestors departed for the New World, in 1669. Burnt Norton refers to the Gloucestershire manor house erected on the foundation of a house that burned to the ground in the 17th-century. The Dry Salvages is a group of rocks off Cape Ann, and so harks to the poet's New England roots. Little Gidding was the manor in Huntingdonshire where Nicholas Ferrar founded an Anglican religious community in the mid-17th century. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).