Publisher: London: Frederick Etchells & Hugh Macdonald, 1928.
Edition: First edition, number 459 of 580 numbered copies of the "ordinary" issue.
Bibliographical References: Gallup B7b.
Condition: Edges slightly rubbed; very good copy in a little worn and soiled (and price clipped) dust jacket.
Book ID: 23941
Description4to, original blue quarter buckram, marbled paper boards, gilt lettering, untrimmed.
CommentsTwo dialogues on poetry by two great poets, separated by 260 years. In the preface, Eliot writes that his purpose is to "throw the dialogue of Dryden into a rather new light, by the great contrast. . . . The dialogue is a form even more convenient for my purpose than it was for Dryden's. . . . Dryden's own opinions issue quite clearly from his dialogue; I have not clear opinions on this subject. Hence I have distributed my own theories quite indiscriminately among the speakers; and the reader must not try to identify the persons in the dialogue with myself or anyone else. They are not fictions; they are merely voices; a half-dozen men who may be imagined as sitting in a tavern after lunch, lingering over port and conversation at an hour when they should be doing something else." Eliot was a great admirer of Dryden and wrote several essays about his work. Attractive bookplate of Ivan Gunn on the front paste-down.