YOUNG, EDWARD (1681-1765)
Lot 526
YOUNG, EDWARD (1681-1765) AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT OF HIS UNPUBLISHED POEM BEGINNING 'FROM FROZEN CLIMES TO MILDER SKIES', incorporated in an autograph letter signed
Sold for £3,500 (US$ 5,802) inc. premium
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YOUNG, EDWARD (1681-1765)
AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT OF HIS UNPUBLISHED POEM BEGINNING 'FROM FROZEN CLIMES TO MILDER SKIES', incorporated in an autograph letter signed ('EYoung'), to his publisher [Robert] Dodsley, 54 lines including a deleted stanza in nine six-line stanzas preserving reconsidered readings, 3 pages, quarto, a little brown show-through, torn where opened, integral address to Dodsley at Tully's Head Pall Mall London, postmarks - beginnings of straight-line Welwyn (where Young moved to in 1730), dated 21 December [no year]

From frozen Climes to milder Skies,
My Muse, a Bird of Passage, flies,
To back, & plume, & drink a brighter Brain
A Beam of Favour, here deny'd,
And that from Thee, My Country's Pride;
What various Praise they various Talents claim?...

The text of the letter reads: 'Sr. The Singularity of Such a Dedic:[ation] I shd think might do something. If you'll venture, I'll pay for ye Remainder of yr Edition; If you will not; return This, for ye Vol:[ume] I'm preparing for ye Press' (This letter is not printed in The Letters or referred to therein).

RARE AND PROBABLY UNPUBLISHED: no poetical manuscripts by Young have been sold at auction in the last forty years at least. Publication of this poem has not been traced: not in The Complete Works, 1854, or in The Correspondence, 1971. No manuscript of this poem is recorded in Index of English Literary Manuscripts. Lindsay began his account of Young's papers: 'Apart from letters, only a handful of Edward Young's autograph MSS survive.'

PROVENANCE: David Lowenherz.

REFERENCES: Index of English Literary Manuscripts, Volume III, Part 4, compiled by Alexander Lindsay, 1997; The Complete Works, Poetry and Prose of the Rev. Edward Young, 2 volumes, 1854; The Correspondence of Edward Young 1683-1765, edited by Henry Pettit, 1971.
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