DICTIONARY The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, SIGNED BY BOTH SYLVIA PLATH AND TED ("EDWARD") HUGHES on the front free endpaper, with the date "15th December 1956. Cambridge, England" added in Hughes's hand, along with the names and dates of birth of their two children Frieda and Nicholas, and the young Frieda's signature below, Oxford, Clarendon Press, [1955]
Lot 323
DICTIONARY
The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, SIGNED BY BOTH SYLVIA PLATH AND TED ("EDWARD") HUGHES on the front free endpaper, with the date "15th December 1956. Cambridge, England" added in Hughes's hand, along with the names and dates of birth of their two children Frieda and Nicholas, and the young Frieda's signature below, Oxford, Clarendon Press, [1955]
Sold for £ 5,000 (US$ 6,584) inc. premium

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The Property of Frieda Hughes
DICTIONARY
The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, SIGNED BY BOTH SYLVIA PLATH AND TED ("EDWARD") HUGHES on the front free endpaper, with the date "15th December 1956. Cambridge, England" added in Hughes's hand, along with the names and dates of birth of their two children Frieda and Nicholas, and the young Frieda's signature below, opening leaves creased with some scorching, publisher's cloth, very worn, upper joint split, 4to, Oxford, Clarendon Press, [1955]

Footnotes

  • "OUR FAVOURITE BOOK" - THE PLATH-HUGHES FAMILY DICTIONARY, SIGNED BY BOTH OF THE POETS. The names and birth dates of their children are recorded below in a manner more commonly found in a Family Bible, each of the poets signing their own name, Sylvia's above Ted's. In a letter to her college friend Marcia Brown, of the same date, Plath wrote "Oh he [Ted] is a lovely one. Both of us write like fury & are each other's best critics". And five days later she wrote to her mother "We bought ourselves a huge cutting knife for bread & meat and a great Shorter Oxford Dictionary which is now our favourite book---for our own Christmas presents" (to be published in The Letters, vol. 2).
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