BETJEMAN, Sir JOHN (1906-1984, poet, author and broadcaster)
Lot 22
BETJEMAN, Sir JOHN (1906-1984, poet, author and broadcaster)
£2,500 - 3,500
US$ 4,100 - 5,700

Lot Details
BETJEMAN, Sir JOHN (1906-1984, poet, author and broadcaster)

Footnotes

  • The poem, with shades of 'A Subaltern's Love Song': 'Miss J. Hunter Dunn, Miss J. Hunter Dunn...', is best-known for the third and fourth stanzas:

    Pam I adore you, Pam, you great big mountainous sports girl
    Whizzing them over the net, full of the strength of five
    That Old Malvernian brother you zephyr & khaki shorts girl
    Although he's playing for Woking
    Can't stand up to your wonderful back hand drive

    See the strength of her arm as firm & hairy as Hendrens
    See the size of her thighs & pout of her lips as cross
    And full of a pent up strength she swipes at the rhododendrons
    Lucky the rhododendrons
    And flings her arrogant love lock
    Back with a petulant toss...

    These manuscripts differ from the final text in Collected Poems (30 lines) in their punctuation, the set-up of some lines and in some variant readings they retain. Part of one line in the draft reads 'Freckled your legs & ankles' instead of 'That Old Malvernian brother', which comes in the following line.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Customer Services (UK)
    Customer Services
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7447 7447
    FaxFax: +44 20 7447 7401
  2. Books (UK)
    General Enquiries
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7393 3828
    FaxFax: +44 20 7393 3879
  3. Shipping (UK)
    Logistics - Shipping
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7468 8302
    FaxFax: + 44 20 7629 9673
Similar Items