"ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS 20TH-CENTURY BOOKS OF ALL… A MUST"
ELIOT, T.S. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. London: Faber and Faber, (1939). Octavo, original yellow cloth, uncut, original dust jacket.
First edition of one of T.S. Eliot's most popular books, in its original dust jacket designed and drawn by Eliot.
It was fellow poet Ezra Pound who first gave the nickname "Old Possum" to Eliot. Eliot sometimes used it among his friends and occasionally signed letters to them with the initials "T.P." (Tom Possum). "A classic from the day it was printed and today-partly because of the irrepressible musical, Cats—one of the most famous 20th-century books of all. This one is a must" (Joseph Connolly). Gallup A34a. Bookseller ticket.
Interior very fresh with faint foxing to preliminaries, cloth bright; colorful dust jacket with less toning than usual, light edge-wear to spine head partially affecting one letter, closed tear along front seam. A lovely copy.