[1 of 300 signed copies] New York: House of Books, 1954. Original maroon cloth, with glassine wrapper.
First Edition, being one of of 300 copies numbered and signed by T. S. Eliot (this being #160); there were also 26 lettered copies for presentation. The book was not published in England. The foreword mentions that~Mr. Eliot writes, "I believe this is the text of an address which I delivered to the Friends of Rochester Cathedral in 1937... It was obviously written after the production of Murder in the Cathedral, and before I had written another play. It is also obvious that it was written before I had re-read Ibsen's plays. As a result of studying Ibsen's plays, and criticising my own plays of contemporary life, I have a very much higher opinion of Ibsen than I appear to have held in 1937. In fact, I repudiate what I have here said about Ibsen...~This copy is in fine condition, without soil or wear; the delicate original glassine wrapper is also present, in very good condition (minor edge-wear and rubbing). Gallup A65. Item #10066