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  • RICK: Hey, how can I help you?

  • I have a special volume of poetry in this book,

  • "Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot.

  • RICK: That's cool.

  • Is it a first edition or something, or?

  • HOLLY: It's more than a first edition.

  • I think it's the true first edition.

  • RICK: OK.

  • He was the master poet of the first half of the 20th century.

  • He was the what poet?

  • HOLLY: A master poet.

  • OK, I thought you said a different word.

  • All right.

  • [laughs]

  • I hope not.

  • [pages flipping]

  • I bought this book in a local thrift store.

  • This book is special to me because T.S.

  • Eliot was one of the most renowned

  • poets of the 20th century.

  • I'd like to sell the book because I think

  • it needs to be in the hands of someone who

  • really appreciates it.

  • This is really neat.

  • When he was alive, he was considered the greatest

  • American poet, and some people consider him, like,

  • the greatest American poet we ever had.

  • I know that he had, like, a really eclectic education.

  • He went to Harvard.

  • He went to Europe.

  • He studied Sanskrit.

  • And this is really, really embarrassing.

  • I've never read T.S. Eliot.

  • HOLLY: Oh.

  • RICK: T.S. Eliot considered "Four Quartets" his best

  • work and his masterpiece.

  • In the 1940s, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

  • I mean, that's how big this guy was.

  • So what makes it a true first edition?

  • HOLLY: The true first says first American edition.

  • And there were only about 700 or 800 of those printed.

  • As I understand it, Eliot didn't like the looks of the book

  • or the typeset or something, and they

  • just stopped distributing them.

  • So there's only that many that were

  • ever issued with first American edition written.

  • RICK: OK.

  • So how much do you want for it?

  • HOLLY: $3,000.

  • RICK: OK, I have no idea if that's a good price or not.

  • And the condition of the dust cover really worries me.

  • But I do have a friend who will know everything about this--

  • Great.

  • --and who's probably read everything T.S.

  • Eliot has ever done five times.

  • [laughs]

  • So I'm going to give her a call, get her down here.

  • And she'll help us out with it.

  • I can't wait.

  • OK.

  • [laughs]

  • I'll be right back.

  • I figured you would absolutely love this.

  • You were right.

  • RICK: [laughs]

  • She says it's a first edition first state.

  • REBECCA ROMNEY: I recognize it immediately.

  • It actually has four different sections,

  • and they were released individually in the '30s.

  • And then this came out in America during the war.

  • Because it's a wartime publication,

  • there are some issues with it.

  • A lot of people who are specialists in different jobs,

  • they were out on the front.

  • And they had people working in jobs that they

  • weren't as familiar with.

  • So you see a lot of problems that

  • show a little bit of amateurism, and you see that here.

  • These margins, it's not right.

  • So there's faulty printing with this.

  • And in fact, because of the faulty printing,

  • they actually pulled the run.

  • However, they had to keep a certain amount

  • of copies out in circulation to preserve the copyright.

  • RICK: OK.

  • REBECCA ROMNEY: So they kept 788 copies.

  • This is one of those copies.

  • [sparkle]

  • So what's it worth?

  • If you were going to make this sellable,

  • you would probably need to restore the dust jacket.

  • You're looking at an investment of $300 to $600

  • just to restore the dust jacket.

  • So with that in mind, a copy of this that's restored,

  • I would say you're looking at $2,250 to $2,500.

  • Eh.

  • Thank you.

  • You're welcome.

  • Eliot is very well-respected, and he changed poetry.

  • If the shop can negotiate a deal,

  • then I think it's a good buy.

  • Eliot is always going to be important,

  • and that's not a bad investment.

  • It really is a kind of one of a kind, even with its flaws.

  • RICK: I know that.

  • But you also have to realize if I buy the book off of you,

  • I have to spend the money to get these repaired.

  • The best I can give you is $1,000 for it.

  • Condition is very, very important.

  • How about $1,500?

  • I'll tell you what.

  • I'll do $1,100 because any other price makes

  • no economic sense to me, none.

  • All right, $1,100.

  • RICK: OK, cool. Thanks.

  • Thank you.

  • Come on over here, and we'll write this up.

  • HOLLY: I bought this book at a thrift store for $0.75,

  • and I just sold it for $1,100.

  • So it's a very good day for me.

RICK: Hey, how can I help you?

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