HUGHES (TED) Lupercal, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "To Mom & Dad with love Ted/26th February 1960. Number 2" on title, Faber and Faber, [1960]
Lot 332
HUGHES (TED)
Lupercal, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "To Mom & Dad with love Ted/26th February 1960. Number 2" on title, Faber and Faber, [1960]
Sold for £ 1,875 (US$ 2,476) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Property of Frieda Hughes
HUGHES (TED)
Lupercal, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "To Mom & Dad with love Ted/26th February 1960. Number 2" on title, 2 contemporary newspaper reviews (one by Alvarez from The Observer), and a photograph (captioned on verso "May -56. Dick straightup in old age") of 3 people outside the Cross Inn pub at Heptonstall loosely inserted, publisher's cloth, dust-jacket (spine dulled with small loss at head, light stain on lower cover) [Sagar/Tabor A3a], 8vo, Faber and Faber, [1960]

Footnotes

  • PRESENTATION COPY OF LUPERCAL, INSCRIBED BY TED HUGHES TO HIS PARENTS. The words "Number 2" in the inscription could refer to the fact that it was Ted Hughes's second book, or just possibly that it is copy number 2 of the six author's copies he had received from the publisher on 23 February, three weeks prior to the official publication ("Number 1" in this scenario being the one given to Sylvia Plath - see previous lot).

    The headline in one of the loosely inserted cuttings from a newspaper (presumably a local one) reads "Further success for Mytholmroyd-born poet, Ted Hughes" with the final paragraph noting "Mr. Hughes's parents are well known in Calder Valley. His father, who at present is in business as a tobacconist... was formerly a prominent Hebden Bridge footballer".
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