London: Faber & Faber, 1944. First U.K. Edition. "The Four Quartets, the most important poem since Yeats' The Tower, and, as many think, of the century, were written over ten years...Although Eliot had long taken leave of modernism as a creed, and disapproved of poetry as a substitute for religion, he had retained the modern advances in techinque evolved by him and Pound and the Quartets preserve the melodic line, the intricacy of thought and shape which is the high point of his technique applied to what are really religious and philosophical meditations" (Connolly 92). Preceded by the American edition published by Harcourt, Brace and Company (1943). Gallup A43b. Item #4979
First Impression, one of 6,000 copies. Slim octavo (22.5cm); tan cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; ,5-44pp. Light dustiness to cloth at upper board edges, else Near Fine and clean throughout. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced 6s.net), lightly dust-soiled, sunned at spine and extremities, shallow loss to crown, with several tiny tears and attendant creases - these being tape-mended on verso; Very Good or better.