Small quarto. Single quire, stapled into beige wrappers printed in black. Housed in a black rounded spine cloth slipcase with chemise. A fine, unopened copy. First edition, sole printing, presentation copy to T. S. Eliot, copy 46 of 200 numbered copies signed by Durrell. In place of the usual signature, this copy has been inscribed on the limitation leaf to, "T. S. Eliot, O.M. by Lawrence Durrell". This is an association of particular importance, for Eliot was a major supporter of Durrell throughout his career. He published Panic Spring in 1938 despite the failure of Durrell's first novel Pied Piper of Lovers. Eliot wanted to publish Durrell's scandalous Black Book but was persuaded not to by the Faber board and had to be content to contribute the blurb for the Obelisk Press edition. Once Durrell had been rehabilitated into polite literary circles Eliot immediately signed him to Faber where he remained for the rest of his life. This example is in the beige variant wrappers (there were other colours) and is out of series. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Deus Loci. A Poem.
Publisher: Ischia: Privately Printed, 1950
Book Description Privately Printed By Di Mato Vito for the Author,, Ischia, Italy:, 1950. 1st Edition. First Edition Limited to 200 Numbered Copies Signed by Lawrence Durrell. 12mo. Unpaginated. 8 pp. A fine copy of this poem, in mint green wrappers, printed in black. [From a comprehensive TBCL Durrell collection of first editions in superb condition]. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 31295