HUGHES, TED (1930-1998)
Lot 231
HUGHES, TED (1930-1998) FOUR SUCCESSIVE AUTOGRAPH DRAFTS AND A TYPESCRIPT FOR HIS POEM 'DEVON RIVIERA', [1986-1987]
Sold for £5,250 (US$ 8,522) inc. premium

Lot Details
HUGHES, TED (1930-1998)
FOUR SUCCESSIVE AUTOGRAPH DRAFTS AND A TYPESCRIPT FOR HIS POEM 'DEVON RIVIERA', possibly the complete working papers for the poem, the typescript inscribed by both Ted and Carol Hughes ('with love from Ted and Carol'), the typescript 29 lines, the four drafts respectively 34, 31, 39 and 39 lines, with heavy revisions and deletions preserving reconsidered readings; on the versos are typescripts of his poems 'The Golden Boy', 'The Risen', 'As I came, I saw a wood' and 'Only a little Sleep, A little Slumber' (from Cave Birds), 8 pages, folio and quarto, one a little browned at the edges [1986-1987]

One draft begins:

The holiday resort twinkling like a liner
In the blue evening, sails towards happiness.
Holiday girls from the North
And waiters from the Mediterranean
Making love...

The printed version (29 lines) begins:

Under the silk nightie of the August evening
The prepared resort, a glowing liner,
Leans towards happiness, unmoving.
The whole vessel throbs with dewy longing...

The poem was first published in the Poetry Book Society Anthology, 1986/87 and was reprinted in the Sunday Times on 5 July 1998.

Also see lots 331, 372 and 373 and index.

PROVENANCE: Ted and Carol Hughes.
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. Simon Roberts
    Specialist - Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs
    Bonhams
    Work
    Montpelier Street
    London, United Kingdom SW7 1HH
    Work +44 20 7393 3828
    FaxFax: +44 20 7393 3879
Similar Items