DAY-LEWIS, CECIL (1904-1972)
AUTOGRAPH DRAFT AND TYPESCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'DERELICT', WITH TWO AUTOGRAPH DRAFTS OF HIS POEM ['THE DAM'] ON THE VERSO (the latter not titled herein), 'The Derelict' 36 lines, the draft with extensive autograph revisions preserving reconsidered readings, the typescript signed and inscribed 'for A.D. P[eters]'; 'The Dam' c. 25 lines, heavily revised and scored through, the poems 2 pages, folio, the typescript 2 pages, quarto, and accompanying autograph letter signed (2 pages, octavo), the typescript dated 25 August 1962
The soil, flinty at best, grew sour. Its yield
Receding left the old farm high and dry
On a ledge of the hills. Disused, the rutted field -
Track fades, like the sound of footsteps, into a sigh
For any feet to approach this padlocked door...
The letter is addressed to [the literary agent A.D.] Peters sending 'the final MS draft & a typescript of a poem I'd like to dedicate to you' and stating 'I wouldn't wish it on you but that I think it's one of the best I've done.' The poem on the verso begins: 'It mounted up behind his cowardice...' 'Derelict' is published in The Complete Poems, 2003. Only two poems by Day-Lewis have been sold at auction.
Also see lots 16 and 331 for Day-Lewis.
PROVENANCE: Bertram Rota.