First edition, first printing. One of 60 copies. Publisher's original grey-green paper covers printed in black. pp., sewn. A very good or better copy, the wrappers somewhat faded to the edges are otherwise fine. The contents are clean and bright throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps.
Issued on 19th June 1947 for distribution gratis (at the request of the author, no copies were for sale). The poem was composed as a letter to a little girl who had sent the author a lavender bag, printed from the manuscript held in the T. S. Eliot collection at Harvard, under the direction of Philip Hofer by a class of student printers. Although hand numbered 69 of 80 copies on the colophon, the edition was subsequently reduced from 80 copies to 60 by the calling in of 20 copies which were sent ot the author for disposal. Very scarce in commerce, ABPC record only 4 copies at auction since 1977, the last sold at Swann Galleries, New York in 2016 ($2,750 inc) and before that the Frank B. Adams sale at Sothebys, London in 2001 (£2,880 inc). (Gallup A47).
Stock code: 16623