London: Faber and Faber, 1935. 8vo. 87pp. Original purple cloth; later slipcase. Lack dust jacket, front hinge cracked, some toning to boards, pencilings in text presumably by Perkins. Item #401322
FIRST TRADE EDITION. Inscribed by Eliot on the title: "Inscribed for Dr. John Carroll Perkins by the author T. S. Eliot 11.vi.1935" (publication of its 3000 copies was two days later on June 13th). Rev. Perkins was from 1926 to 1933 minister of King's Chapel, First Unitarian Church of Boston, the oldest church in the United States, and was well known in Eliot's society. Upon his death, Eliot wrote in his condolence letter to Perkins' wife Edith that he could express “what you know already, and what must have been said already by many friends: what a good and beautiful person Uncle John [Perkins] was, and how much loved he was. Like every one else who knew him, I shall continue to cherish every memory of his very Christian soul, of essential integrity and innocence.... His own patience and humility made one rather ashamed, and his readiness to see people at their best” (The Letters, Vol. 6). Mrs. Perkins was Eliot's hostess in Chipping Camden each summer from 1934 to 1939, and the Perkins' were instrumental in raising Emily Hale – T. S. Eliot's early infatuation – after her mother's illness. Gallup A29b.