ELIOT (T.S.) Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, thirteenth impression, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For Gerald Kelly with the warm regards & admiration of the author of these verses and the illustrator, T.S. Eliot (O.P.)" on front free endpaper, Faber and Faber, [1960]

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ELIOT (T.S.)
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, thirteenth impression, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For Gerald Kelly with the warm regards & admiration of the author of these verses and the illustrator, T.S. Eliot (O.P.)" on front free endpaper, Faber and Faber, [1960]

Sold for £ 1,000 (US$ 1,389) inc. premium
ELIOT (T.S.)
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, thirteenth impression, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For Gerald Kelly with the warm regards & admiration of the author of these verses and the illustrator, T.S. Eliot (O.P.)" on front free endpaper, authorial emendations to 2 pages (see below), publisher's yellow pictorial cloth, pictorial dust-jacket SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ("O.P. fecit"), not price clipped, dust-soiled and slightly rubbed at extremities, 4to, Faber and Faber, [1960]

Footnotes

  • INSCRIBED BY ELIOT AS BOTH AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR ("Old Possum") to the fashionable portrait painter Sir Gerald Kelly (1879–1972). Kelly and Eliot struck up a close friendship back in the early 1920s, and in 1960 Kelly was commissioned to paint a portrait of Eliot, which is now on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute. Eliot has amended two poems: Of The Awefull Battle... (line 6 reading 'They will now and again join in to the fray' corrected to 'Or now and again they join in to the fray') and Shimbleshanks: The Railway Cat (line 56 reading 'In the watches of the night he is always fresh and bright' amended to 'Through hours of the night he is always fresh and bright').
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ELIOT (T.S.) Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, thirteenth impression, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For Gerald Kelly with the warm regards & admiration of the author of these verses and the illustrator, T.S. Eliot (O.P.)" on front free endpaper, Faber and Faber, [1960]
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