London: Faber & Gwyer Ltd, 1927. First edition. Softcover. vg+. Octavo. 4pp. Yellow and black illustrated sewn wrappers. The pamphlet is #8 of the "Ariel Poems" series issued by the publisher, and includes two lithographs by avant-garde artist, and graphic designer Edward McKnight Kauffer. The poem was created specifically for this series, and is religious in tone, written from the perspective of one of the Magi travelling to visit the baby Jesus. In 1927, Eliot was asked by his employer, Geoffrey Faber, one of the partners in Faber & Gwyer, to write one poem each year for a series of illustrated pamphlets with holiday themes to be sent to the firms clients and business acquaintances as Christmas greetings. This series, called the "Ariel Series", would release 38 pamphlets from a selection of English writers and poets from 1927 through 1931. Wrappers with light smudging to covers. Interior with offseting front the string binding, on the second page. Wrappers and interior in overall very good+ condition.
(Inventory #: 41354)
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