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Eliot T.S. The Waste Land

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

Widely regarded as †one of the most important poems of the 20th century, The Waste Land represents the pinnacle of Eliotís work as a poet. Though he notably published a relatively short list of poems for his status, the ones he did publish were astounding and remained vitally important to the world of writing in the 20th Century. The Waste Land is a long form poem that combines the legend of the Holy Grail and the folkloric tale of the Fisher King with parallels in contemporary Britain and, like many of his other works, incorporates motifs from eastern works of Buddhism and Hinduism as well. This edition was the first American appearance of the poem in book form, published in 1922 through Dial Publishing. †

We collected a sample of 31 auction results of Eliot, T.S.'s The Waste Land from 2 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $300 and the highest overall price realized was $14950. The overall average price was $2345 and the median price realized for the book was $1125. There were 13 auctions (42%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 10 auctions (32%) exceeding the high estimates, and 8 auctions (26%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Swann sale on October 01, 2009 of a 1923 - Hogarth Press edition for $5520 that entirely uncut and unopened; a PBA sale on March 15, 2007 of a 1922 - Boni and Liveright edition for $5700 that described as "very good or better"; a Swann sale on September 29, 2005 of a 1922 - Boni and Liveright edition for $8625 that described as "unusually nice";

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Swann November 14, 2017 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Boni and Liveright 1922 $6000-$9000 $6000 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 18, 2016 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Boni and Liveright 1922 $2000-$3000 $3750 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 18, 2016 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Boni and Liveright 1922 $800-$1200 $553 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann June 19, 2014 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Dial Publishing 1922 $800-$1200 $750 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 21, 2013 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Boni and Liveright 1922 $1200-$1800 $1125 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 21, 2013 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Boni and Liveright 1922 $1000-$1500 $938 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA March 14, 2013 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land San Francisco Arion Press 2007 $400-$600 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann November 20, 2012 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York 1922 $800-$1200 $1320 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA December 1, 2011 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Boni and Liveright 1922 $300-$500 $900 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA November 4, 2010 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land Richmond, Surrey Printed and Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press 1923 $1000-$1500 $900 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 7, 2010 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land Richmond, Surrey Printed and Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press 1923 $1000-$1500 $1020 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann October 1, 2009 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land London Hogarth Press 1923 $3500-$5000 $5520 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann October 1, 2009 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land London Faber and Faber 1961 $3000-$4000 $2640 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA April 30, 2009 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land San Francisco Arion Press 2007 $400-$600 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 3, 2008 Eliot, T.S. The Wasteland - in The Dial, Vol. LXXIII Greenwich Dial Publishing 1922 $1000-$1500 $600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 13, 2007 Eliot, T.S. The Wasteland - in The Dial, Vol. LXXIII Greenwich Dial Publishing 1922 $800-$1200 $840 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann May 17, 2007 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York 1922 $500-$750 $2400 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 17, 2007 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York 1922 $500-$750 $960 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA March 15, 2007 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Boni and Liveright 1922 $4000-$7000 $5700 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA September 28, 2006 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Boni and Liveright 1922 $4000-$7000 $4200 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann May 25, 2006 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York 1922 $1000-$1500 $1150 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann September 29, 2005 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Boni and Liveright 1922 $10000-$15000 $8625 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann September 29, 2005 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Dial Publishing 1922 $500-$750 $489 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA March 24, 2005 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Boni and Liveright 1922 $300-$500 $330 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann November 11, 2004 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York 1922 $3000-$4000 $14950 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann October 16, 2003 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Dial Publishing 1922 $400-$600 $1380 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA October 9, 2003 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land Richmond, Surrey Printed and Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press 1923 $800-$1200 $720 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann May 22, 2003 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land Cobden-Sanderson 1922 $250-$350 $1150 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA November 17, 2002 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land and other poems London Faber and Faber 1945 $800-$1200 $840 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann October 24, 2002 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land London 1922 $250-$350 $805 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA October 3, 2002 Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land New York Boni and Liveright 1922 $1500-$2000 $1440 PBA Copies for Sale