BELLOC, HILAIRE (1870-1953)
Lot 41
BELLOC, HILAIRE (1870-1953) AUTOGRAPH DRAFTS OF THREE SONNETS
Sold for £937 (US$ 1,531) inc. premium

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BELLOC, HILAIRE (1870-1953)
AUTOGRAPH DRAFTS OF THREE SONNETS:

i) DRAFT BEGINNING 'MORTALITY IS BUT THE STUFF YOU WEAR...', 15 lines, with autograph revisions and deletions preserving discarded readings, 1 page, octavo, not dated

Mortality is but the stuff you wear
To show the better on the imperfect sight.
Your home is surely with the changeless light
Of which you are the daughter and the heir...

This sonnet is printed in Sonnets and Verse: The Collected Poems of H. Belloc, first published in 1923; edition of 1947 used here.

ii) DRAFT 'SONNET TO MERIVALE KNIGHT ESQ M.P., AND IDIOT, ten years a politician; not yet a Knight', with autograph revisions and deletions preserving discarded readings, c. 15 lines, beginning 'Oh Knight, what halts thee that thou art no Knight...', 1 page, octavo, not dated

iii) DRAFT BEGINNING 'THE PONY NATURALLY SWELLED...', c. 18 lines, with autograph revisions and deletions preserving discarded readings, 1 page, small quarto, not dated

No publication has been found of the second and third sonnets. No manuscripts of the poems are in Location Register of Twentieth-Century Literary Manuscripts and Letters, 2 volumes, 1988.
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