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T S Eliot
T S Eliot, Nicolas Bentley - Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, 1st 1940 DJ
London: 1940. Very fine copy with dust jacket. Please see photos. T S Eliot, Nicolas Bentley - Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, 1st 1940 with Dust Jacket First UK Edition, first illustrated. A scarce copy particularly as this is the first UK title signed and dedicated by T.S. Eliot: 'To the Tandy family from O.P' (O.P being Old Possum) at the top of inner page. Complete with very rare dust jacket. T. S. Eliot's collection of verse about feline society that was the basis for the musical 'Cats.' Numerous colour and monochrome illustrations by Nicolas Bentley. A delightful book for anyone of any age. 'Cats! Some are sane, some are mad and some are good and some are bad. Meet magical Mr Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum Tum Tugger. But you'll be lucky to meet Macavitybecause Macavity's not there!' Eliot initially met Geoffrey Tandy, a writer, broadcaster and scientist who worked at the Natural History Museum, in a pub. As their friendship deepened, Eliot would frequently visited the Tandys and they also kept up a regular correspondence. Throughout the 1930s, the family would be the first audience on which Eliot tested out the cat poems, both in letters and on visits to the family's Hampshire cottage. In addition, Geoffrey would be the first to present the cat poems to a wider public, as he read parts of Practical Cats on BBC radio on the Christmas Day of 1937, two years before the book was published. Part of a large Estate Sale from prolific Art Collector, author and accomplished Art Historian Collection dating from mid 1940s Hundreds more mainly Rare and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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