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Lot 363
PALMER, HERBERT EDWARD (1880-1961) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF A POEM 'THE BALLAD SINGER: 1924', INSCRIBED FOR SIEGFRIED SASSOON; REVISED TYPESCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'THE MINSTREL', signed
£500 - 800
US$ 850 - 1,400
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PALMER, HERBERT EDWARD (1880-1961)
(i) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF A POEM 'THE BALLAD SINGER: 1924', INSCRIBED FOR SIEGFRIED SASSOON, signed ('Herbert Edward Palmer'), 40 lines in ten four-line stanzas, inscribed at head: 'Sent to Siegfried Sassoon in acknowledgement of the very very great pleasure I have had from his work for many years - the thrill of the heart the name is truly Siegfried', and with his address at the end and a list of three books by him, 2 pages, quarto, small tears, not dated

Listen to me, all ye that go forth
From the city bee-hive, pray! listen to me,
I'm the ballad man from the wild fierce North,
And I'm singing under the greenwood tree...

Publication of this poem has not been traced.

(ii) REVISED TYPESCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'THE MINSTREL', signed ('Herbert Palmer'), 28 lines in seven four-line stanzas, with the last stanza scored through and an autograph note at foot ('This poem which is to go in front of my new volume of selected poems is here revised and enlarged...') and with two verbal revisions, preserving discarded text, beginning 'Once more I loose the singing globes / And stand beside life's darkening door...', 1 page, quarto, not dated

Publication of these poems have not been traced, the first at least is unlikely to have been printed. Together with two letters by Palmer to Derek Stanford, partly about the 'Three Blind Mice' (Day Lewis, Auden and Spender), his own reputation partly because on his opposition to the Georgians, Dylan Thomas ('...He is a kind of pea-soup...not really a poet at all...You are too good...to waste your time over Dylan Thomas and other small salted fry...') and Colin Wilson, reviews and the Dublin Magazine crowd, 6 pages, quarto and octavo; a signed copy of his A Sword in the Desert, 1946, and three reviews and appreciations of his work by Derek Stanford. No manuscripts by Palmer have been sold at auction.

Palmer's papers are mostly at Austin, Texas, and the University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor.

REFERENCE: Location Register of Twentieth-Century Literary Manuscripts and Letters, 2 volumes, 1988.
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