DE LA MARE, WALTER (1873-1956)
THREE AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS:
(i) 'AN EPITAPH', 8 lines, inscribed and signed ('Walter de la Mare'), November 1925, 1 page, written on the front free endpaper of a copy of his Peacock Pie, some slight browning, 1925
Here lies a most beautiful lady.
Slight of step & heart was she;
I think she was the most beautiful lady /
That ever was in the West Country...
This is one of de la Mare's most anthologised poems.
(ii) 'THE WILLOW', 16 lines, beginning 'Leans now the fair willow, dreaming / Amid her locks of green...', 1 page, quarto, not dated
(iii) 'THE SPIRIT OF AIR', 16 lines, beginning 'Coral & clear emerald / And amber from the sea...', 1 page, octavo, not dated
All these poems appear in The Collected Poems of Walter de la Mare, 1979.