“AND THIS COPY IS INSCRIBED BY OLD POSSUM HIMSELF”: OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS, WONDERFULLY INSCRIBED BY T.S. ELIOT
ELIOT, T.S. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1939). Octavo, original gray cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Early American edition of one of Eliot’s most popular and “one of the most famous 20th-century books of all,” in original dust jacket designed and drawn by him, warmly and boldly inscribed on the dedication page, “And this copy is inscribed by Old Possum himself. T.S. Eliot for —, 11 June 1947.”
Fellow poet Ezra Pound 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). First published 1939. See Gallup A34b.
Closed tear to lower margin of pages 31-32, not affecting text. Dust jacket with light toning to spine, short closed tear to spine head. A near-fine copy, delightfully inscribed by Eliot.