"THE NEW YEAR WAITS, DESTINY WAITS FOR THE COMING": SIGNED BY T.S. ELIOT
ELIOT, T.S. Murder in the Cathedral. London: Faber & Faber, (1935). Octavo, original purple cloth, original dust jacket. $6800.
First complete edition of Eliot's best and most successful play, signed on the title page by T.S. Eliot.
Widely regarded as Eliot's best play—and certainly his most successful—Murder in the Cathedral is his dramatization of the 12th-century murder of Thomas à Becket. Eliot's plays "are in a blank verse of his own invention, in which the metrical effect is not apprehended apart from the sense; thus he brought 'poetic drama' back to the popular stage" (Britannica). Preceded only by a somewhat abbreviated edition of 750 copies in wrappers "printed for sale at performances of the play in Canterbury Cathedral" in May, one month prior to the present Faber & Faber hardcover edition (Gallup). Gallup A29b.
Foxing to endpapers only, text clean, cloth fresh and fine; dust jacket with shallow wear to ends of slightly toned spine, minor soiling to rear panel, extremely good.