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Lot 263
KIRKUP, JAMES (1918-2009) AUTOGRAPH DRAFT OF HIS SEQUENCE OF TWENTY POEMS ENTITLED 'A LITTLE TREATISE OF ANATOMY'; and another
£800 - 1,200
US$ 1,300 - 1,900

Lot Details
KIRKUP, JAMES (1918-2009)
(i) AUTOGRAPH DRAFT OF HIS SEQUENCE OF TWENTY POEMS ENTITLED 'A LITTLE TREATISE OF ANATOMY', some 435 lines, with extensive autograph revisions preserving reconsidered readings, arranged under headings of parts of the body, title-page and 25 pages, small octavo, filing holes, with a note about the inspiration for the work [c. 1970]

Fingers kept on tempter hooks,
Hands always before our eyes
except when in guessing games
we hold them behind our backs
these two fans of flowers...

The sequence, in parts significantly different from the text in this manuscript, was published in An Extended Breath, 1966. A typescript of it is listed as being in the Kirkup archive in the Beinecke Library (unseen). In his note on a two-page photocopy from Marcel Jouhaneanu, Kirkup noted: 'It was this passage in Marcel Jouhandeau (Magnificat NRF Gallimand 1869) that first suggested the sequence, The Little Treatise of Anatomy and led me to Leonardo's writings & the final poem, Heart.' No poetical manuscripts by Kirkup have been sold at auction. Other collections of Kirkup manuscripts are at the Lockwood Library and Harvard.

(ii) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'THE SPELL OF GLASS' signed, 10 lines, not dated; it is published in Omens of Disaster, 1996.

Also see lot 331.
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