Oxfam copy of TS Eliot's The Waste Land sells for £4.5k

  • 25 June 2013
  • From the section Oxford
TS Eliot's The Waste Land
Image caption The book was donated to Oxfam's branch in Turl Street, Oxford

A rare UK first edition of TS Eliot's The Waste Land that was donated to an Oxfam bookshop has been sold for £4,500 at auction.

The book of the modernist poem, dating from 1923, was published by Hogarth Press, founded by Eliot's friends Leonard and Virginia Woolf.

It was given to Oxfam's Turl Street branch in Oxford and had been expected to sell for between £2,000 and £3,000.

Shop manager David Sorrell described it as "a wonderful item".

The type in the donated book is thought to be hand-set by Virginia Woolf. It is part of an edition of about 460 copies.

It was donated by Colin Cohen who was given the book by a relative.

The book was among more than 25 items given to Oxfam shops around the country that were auctioned by Bonhams.

They included a collection of etchings of ancient and modern Rome by Giuseppe Vasi, which was donated to Oxfam's bookshop in Stratford upon Avon and sold for £4,200.

Two Japanese photo albums, with photos by Kozaburo Tamamura and Felice Beato, donated to Oxfam's Bridport bookshop, sold for more than £1,500.

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