København (Copenhagen), Westermann, 1948. Uncut, in loose sheets, in the orig. blue cardboard-folder w. paper-title, as issued. In orig. blue cardboard-slipcase, also w. paper-title. Spine and edges of slip-case faded, otherwise an excellent copy.
First Danish edition of Eliot's monumental work, signed by Eliot and the two Danish translators - one of 235 copies.
This modernist poem is one of the most celebrated and discussed poems of the 20th century, and its modernist themes such as the decline of civilization and the lack of meaning of life greatly influenced modern literature and thought. There is no doubt that Eliot also greatly influenced modern Danish literature, and the Danish translator of "The Waste Land", Tom Kristensen, is one of the most acknowledged Danish writers of the 20th century. The work was originally published in 1922, and the Danish translation appeared in 1948, the same year that Eliot received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
This first Danish translation was printed in a number of 650 regular copies, and 235 numbered copies signed by the author and the two translators, of which this is nr. 177.