The Complete Poems and Plays 1909 -1950, T.S. Eliot. Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York.
Copyright, 1930, 1939, 1943, 1950, 1958 by T.S. Eliot
Copyright, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1952, by Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc.
The value of books is all about editions, condition and dust jackets. This one strikes out on all three. The dust jacket, well, you can see. Although in its favour, it does exist. There are 4 previous editions of this book by the same publishing company. And the condition, although not terrible, there are scuff marks here and there.
The paper, however, is deluxe, creamy and thick. We have two copies of this book, the other an even later edition and in much better shape. It enjoys space on the living room bookshelf. This one has been on its way out the door for a while now.
However, once I opened the book to photograph it, the paper really spoke to me.
Status: Keep on bookshelf in studio/office.
(That also doubles the chances of re-reading some of these poems)
“Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse”>
(page 5, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)
p.s. I’ve started a new category – “Books” as once these objects get tallied, The Obsolescence Project can safely continue on for at least 30 more days.