1932. Item #90061
ELIOT, T. S. SELECTED ESSAYS 1917-1932. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1932). First American edition with a typed letter, addressed to Louis Untermeyer and signed by Eliot, laid into the original mailing envelope, which is mounted on the ffep. The letter, nineteen typed lines on Eliot's letterhead (B-11 Eliot House, Cambridge), and dated 15 February 1933, explains his refusal to have a small poem printed in the Knopf Chapbook Series. x, 415 pp. 8vo. Publisher's blue cloth binding with title blind-stamped to spine, and top edge stained yellow. Occasional, very precise bracketing in margins and underlining of text. Two reviews of other Eliot titles, clipped from the Saturday Review of Literature, are tipped in at the front and rear pastedowns. They are by John Crowe Ransom (on The Use of Poetry, from 1934) and Howard Mumford Jones (on Essays Ancient and Modern, from 1936), respectively. Very good / no dust-jacket. Housed a custom, blue leather-backed clamshell box with gilt titling. (Gallup A21c).