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Ehrlich, Gretel. GEODE / ROCK BODY. Santa Barbara: Capricorn Press, 1970. First edition of the author's first book. 8vo. One of 50 numbered, hardbound copies signed by the author. The rest of the edition was issued softbound and unsigned (550 copies). Laid in are two APCs from Ehrlich to the book's publisher, Noel Young. Hardcover. Fine without dust jacket as issued.
Eliot, T[homas] S[tearns]. FOUR QUARTETS. London: Faber & Faber, . First edition thus. 4to. One of 290 numbered copies signed by the poet. Printed by Giovanni Mardersteig on the hand-press of the Officina Bodoni in Verona. An elegant presentation of this key Eliot work. Hardcover. Fine in publisher's slipcase as issued.
Eliot, T[homas] S[tearns]. FOUR QUARTETS. New York: Harcourt Brace, . First American edition. 8vo. One of the 788 copies, comprising what Eliot bibliographer Donald Gallup identifies as the first impression. This ambitious poem wedded Eliot's Christian beliefs with a formidable array of literary techniques and established him as the regnant poet of his day. Hardcover. Fine in a fine example of the first impression dust jacket.
Eliot, T[homas] S[tearns]. SAVONAROLA: A Dramatic Poem by Charlotte Eliot. London: R. Cobden-Sanderson, . First edition. 8vo. With a six-page introduction by T.S. Eliot. This copy bears Charlotte Eliot's inscription to a friend, dated "Dec. 25, 1926." A verse play by the mother of T.S. Eliot about the Catholic heretic that opens, intriguingly enough, with a colloquy between Savonarola and his mother on their spiritual and religious differences. Hardcover. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Ellison, Ralph. INVISIBLE MAN. New York: Random House, . First edition of the author's first book. 8vo. Laid into this copy is a cordial TLS on Ellison's letterhead, March 9, 1961. He is glad that his correspondent found "Invisible Man" enjoyable: "I've been full of impatience to complete my work in progress (I write very slowly) ... When it is finished you shouldn't expect too much because second novels are supposed to be inferior ... I hope the rule doesn't hold for me." Ellison moves on to lighter matters: "Since I've seen you, I have acquired a huge, officious-ham-actor of a Labrador Retriever. His head is alligator-size and his tail is like a club, but he's very fond of humans and thinks he is really a brother of Rufus, Saul Bellow's big cat." More than 200 words. Hardcover. A spectacular copy in an unfaded, unsullied dust jacket. Rare thus.