BLUNDEN, EDMUND (1896-1974)
AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPTS, IN EFFECT PARTLY DRAFTS, FOR HIS POEM 'A FABLE', 190 lines in all, with autograph revisions preserving numerous reconsidered readings, 9 pages in all, quarto, plus blanks, not dated
Far up a valley, next a quarry deep
Whence the white church you passed has been up-piled,
Where apple-boughs shadowed the half-wild sheep
There lived a man who still was largely child.
A hut much like a cave, a well, a wood
Were his inheritance and what he wanted.
Some skill of flower-wines got him clothes and food
At manor-house and mill; enough was granted...
(i) Early autograph draft of the first four stanzas with autograph revisions, 33 lines, 2 pages, quarto
(ii) A later draft beginning as a fair copy in his calligraphic hand with extensive subsequent revisions, 157 lines, 7 pages, quarto
The poem was first published in Choice or Chance, 1934. The deleted passages are presumably unrecorded. Blunden's papers are largely at the Bodleian Library and Austin, Texas.
Also see lot 331.
PROVENANCE: Sir Geoffrey Keynes.