London: Faber & Faber, . First Edition. 12mo (7.3 in, 18.5 cm). 4 unnumbered pp.; frontis.
Signed first edition: This wrappered first edition of 9 October 1929 preceded the hardcover signed edition of 28 October 1929. Ariel Poem, No. 23. T.S. Eliot's (1888-1965) signature verified unofficially through emailed photographs by a long-standing International Society of Appraisers (ISA) specialist in books, manuscripts, and autographs. Gifted engraver and sculptor, Gertrude Hermes (1901-1983) taught at London art schools including The Royal Academy of Schools, which awarded her Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). Hermes supported initiatives for women in the arts.
Gallup A14a. Author Price Guides 014b. Rare Book Hub. Original sewn wrapper. Two wood engravings by Gertrude Hermes on pictorial wrapper and frontispiece. Signed by Eliot under his printed name at poem's conclusion. Wrapper faintly dusty. Tight, square, clean, superbly-preserved signed first edition. Fine in near fine wraps. Item #716
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