Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot (1960) hardcover book


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T. S. Eliot - Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1939. First American edition. Later printing. Hardcover. 8vo. Beige boards with black lettering. Staining from blue paint along the lower horizontal edge (see photos). Black smudging to front end-page and front paste-down (see photos). Book plate from 'Paul Elder & Co San Francisco' pasted to the lower edge of the rear paste-down (see photos). 46pp. Fair condition. Minor separation of the text-block from the spine. The spine is very slightly rolled. Creasing, toning, scratching, smudging, and discoloration to the outer/inner boards, end-papers, pages of the text, and the text-block edge. The dust jacket is price-clipped and is in fair condition. Light sun-fading to the spine. Edge-wear to the perimeter of the dust jacket. Creasing, toning, scratching, smudging, and discoloration to all faces of the dust jacket. Some chipping to the upper/lower dust jacket spine. Some wear and chipping to corners and hinges. Staining to outer covers of dust jacket along with open tears (see photos).

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is the basis for the smash-hit Broadway musical Cats which was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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