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Auction archive: Lot number 128

ELIOT, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965) Prufrock and Other Observa...

Estimate
US$50,000 - US$70,000
Price realised:
US$118,750
Auction archive: Lot number 128

ELIOT, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965) Prufrock and Other Observa...

Estimate
US$50,000 - US$70,000
Price realised:
US$118,750
Beschreibung:

ELIOT, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965). Prufrock and Other Observations . London: The Egoist Ltd., 1917.
ELIOT, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965). Prufrock and Other Observations . London: The Egoist Ltd., 1917. First edition of T.S. Eliot ’ s first book, one of the masterpieces of modern verse. An outstanding presentation copy, inscribed by Eliot to Leonard Woolf on the front wrapper: “Inscribed for Leonard Woolf (my {next second publisher) with gratitude & affection T.S. Eliot.” Eliot uses a bracket to link “next” and “second”: Prufrock was published by Egoist, and was followed two years later by Eliot’s second book, Poems , from Woolf’s Hogarth Press. Hogarth would publish Eliot’s other chef’d’œvre, The Waste Land , in 1922. Presentation copies of Prufrock are uncommon, with only five recorded by American Book Prices Current in the last thirty-five years; the only other copy bearing a contemporary presentation was that inscribed to Rev. William J. Gormley. The association of Eliot and Woolf is of superlative literary significance. 8vo. Original printed wrappers (loose in wrappers, slightly soiled, spine rubbed). Provenance : Leonard Woolf (1880-1969), author, publisher, and husband of Virginia Woolf (presentation inscription from the author); sold Sotheby’s London, 27 April 1970, lot 22. Connolly, The Modern Movement 30. Gallup A1; Hayward 331. Prufrock reached publication principally through the efforts of Ezra Pound. After the manuscript had been rejected by several London publishers, Pound approached Harriet Shaw Weaver and offered to raise the money for printing himself. Eliot later recollected that "Pound had chosen and arranged the poems for Prufrock and Other Observations ; in fact affirmed--explicitly--that he owed 'everything' to Pound" (Hugh Kenner, The Pound Era , p.551). The work, published in an edition of 500 copies, was actually met with some indifference, though Eliot's peers immediately saw the importance of the work. Here was "something quite new in English verse and far beyond the capacity of Laforgue who is given credit for influencing him," notes Cyril Connolly.

Auction archive: Lot number 128
Auction:
Datum:
14 Dec 2016
Auction house:
Christie's
New York
Beschreibung:

ELIOT, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965). Prufrock and Other Observations . London: The Egoist Ltd., 1917.
ELIOT, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965). Prufrock and Other Observations . London: The Egoist Ltd., 1917. First edition of T.S. Eliot ’ s first book, one of the masterpieces of modern verse. An outstanding presentation copy, inscribed by Eliot to Leonard Woolf on the front wrapper: “Inscribed for Leonard Woolf (my {next second publisher) with gratitude & affection T.S. Eliot.” Eliot uses a bracket to link “next” and “second”: Prufrock was published by Egoist, and was followed two years later by Eliot’s second book, Poems , from Woolf’s Hogarth Press. Hogarth would publish Eliot’s other chef’d’œvre, The Waste Land , in 1922. Presentation copies of Prufrock are uncommon, with only five recorded by American Book Prices Current in the last thirty-five years; the only other copy bearing a contemporary presentation was that inscribed to Rev. William J. Gormley. The association of Eliot and Woolf is of superlative literary significance. 8vo. Original printed wrappers (loose in wrappers, slightly soiled, spine rubbed). Provenance : Leonard Woolf (1880-1969), author, publisher, and husband of Virginia Woolf (presentation inscription from the author); sold Sotheby’s London, 27 April 1970, lot 22. Connolly, The Modern Movement 30. Gallup A1; Hayward 331. Prufrock reached publication principally through the efforts of Ezra Pound. After the manuscript had been rejected by several London publishers, Pound approached Harriet Shaw Weaver and offered to raise the money for printing himself. Eliot later recollected that "Pound had chosen and arranged the poems for Prufrock and Other Observations ; in fact affirmed--explicitly--that he owed 'everything' to Pound" (Hugh Kenner, The Pound Era , p.551). The work, published in an edition of 500 copies, was actually met with some indifference, though Eliot's peers immediately saw the importance of the work. Here was "something quite new in English verse and far beyond the capacity of Laforgue who is given credit for influencing him," notes Cyril Connolly.

Auction archive: Lot number 128
Auction:
Datum:
14 Dec 2016
Auction house:
Christie's
New York
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