Ash Wednesday. T. S. Eliot.

Ash Wednesday

New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1930. First American edition. Small thin quarto (8 inches tall), sewn in original black cloth stamped in yellow, uncut. Bookseller's ticket. Minor wear to head of gently toned spine, clean, sharp-cornered boards. Very good indeed. Item #891

"GRACE TO THE MOTHER / FOR THE GARDEN / WHERE ALL LOVE ENDS" First American trade edition of T.S. Eliot's conversion poem—his first major work after his 1927 entrance into the Church of England. Eliot marked his embrace of Anglicanism with a series of six Anglo-Catholic meditations, incorporating three previously published sections: "Perch' Io non Spero" (part I), "Salutation" (part II), and "Som de l'escalina" (part III). Ash Wednesday marked a stylistic pivot from those poems predating Eliot's conversion, away from concerns of earthly materialism towards the contemplation of spiritual love through his allusions to Dante and Our Lady. Eliot dedicated Ash Wednesday to his (estranged) wife, Vivienne, but the dedication was removed from later editions. This edition, printed on laid paper by the Knickerbocker Press, was published in an edition of 2000 copies in September 1930 (the same year as the British trade and limited editions). Donald Gallup, T.S. Eliot: A Bibliography, A15c.

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