HUGHES (TED) The Hawk in the Rain, FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE DEDICATEE SYLVIA PLATH ("[printed: To Sylvia] because the book belongs to you just as surely as all my love does, Ted August 26th 1957", on the dedication leaf), New York, Harper & Brothers, [1957]
Lot 326
HUGHES (TED)
The Hawk in the Rain, FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE DEDICATEE SYLVIA PLATH ("[printed: To Sylvia] because the book belongs to you just as surely as all my love does, Ted August 26th 1957", on the dedication leaf), New York, Harper & Brothers, [1957]
Sold for £ 13,750 (US$ 18,158) inc. premium

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The Property of Frieda Hughes
HUGHES (TED) The Hawk in the Rain, FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE DEDICATEE SYLVIA PLATH ("[printed: To Sylvia] because the book belongs to you just as surely as all my love does, Ted August 26th 1957", on the dedication leaf), New York, Harper & Brothers, [1957]
HUGHES (TED)
The Hawk in the Rain, FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE DEDICATEE SYLVIA PLATH ("[printed: To Sylvia] because the book belongs to you just as surely as all my love does, Ted August 26th 1957", on the dedication leaf), additionally signed by Ted Hughes in blue pen on front free endpaper, publisher's cloth, dust-jacket (light age toning and rubbing at extremities) [Sagar/Tabor A1b], 8vo, New York, Harper & Brothers, [1957]

Footnotes

  • THE DEDICATION COPY - "BECAUSE THE BOOK BELONGS TO YOU JUST AS SURELY AS ALL MY LOVE DOES". It was Plath who had typed up the manuscript, and persuaded Hughes to enter it into the First Publication Award competition, the prize for which was immediate publication by Harper.

    The American edition was published in a print run of 750 copies on 18 September, just five days after the English edition and three weeks after Hughes' dedication inscription to Sylvia. As the couple were living in America at the time of publication of both the English and American editions, it was this American edition that they would have seen first, and it was therefore the first to be inscribed.

    The Hawk in the Rain was very well received in America. W.S. Merwin enthusiastically wrote in the New York Times (6 October) that the book's publication gave reviewers "an opportunity to do what they are always saying they want to do: acclaim an exciting new writer", and the couple were invited to a successful launch party and public reading at the Poetry Center, New York on 20 October.
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