HUGHES (TED) Animal Poems, UNIQUE PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS SON, WITH 9 AUTOGRAPH POEMS, [Richard Gilbertson, [1967]
Lot 372
HUGHES (TED)
Animal Poems, UNIQUE PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS SON, WITH 9 AUTOGRAPH POEMS, [Richard Gilbertson, [1967]
Sold for £ 7,500 (US$ 10,458) inc. premium

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The Property of Frieda Hughes
HUGHES (TED)
Animal Poems, UNIQUE PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS SON, WITH 9 AUTOGRAPH POEMS, interleaved, with the additional manuscript poems written in black ink on 10 pages (including the title), manuscript correction by Hughes to one printed poem ("Otter"), green morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, g.e., slipcase [Sagar/Tabor A13], 4to, [Richard Gilbertson, [1967]

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  • PRESENTATION COPY FROM TED HUGHES TO HIS SON, EMBELLISHED WITH 9 ADDITIONAL AUTOGRAPH POEMS. The poems, a total of 246 lines, comprise: 'That Morning', 'Trenchford', 'Catadrome', 'Caddis', 'The Maskellunge', 'A Trout', 'An Otter', 'Pike', and 'Live Skull' - all poems relating to fish and angling. 'That Morning', above which Hughes has inscribed "July 1980, Alaska for Nicholas", was inspired by their joint angling trip to Alaska in 1980, the year in which the book was inscribed to his son. Only 'An Otter' and 'Pike' are printed in the book. 'Caddis' and 'Catadrome' were printed in the Morrigu Press publication Three River Poems (1981). 'Trenchford', recalling a pike fishing expedition to the Trenchford Reservoir on Dartmoor ("...its bed is a desert of black, private depression...") appears to be unpublished.

    According to the colophon Animal Poems was published in an edition of 100 copies, but Sagar and Tabor suggest that some of the proposed edition were never printed. This copy is signed by Hughes on 25 September 1971, and subsequently twice in 1980.
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