OXFORD BOOK OF WILD FLOWERS ARY (S.) AND M. GREGORY. The Oxford Book of Wild Flowers, FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY TED HUGHES TO SYLVIA PLATH  ("To Darling Sylvia from Ted, March 25th 1961", on the front free endpaper), Oxford University Press, 1960; together with a copy of V.J. Stanek's Pictorial Encyclopaedia of the Animal Kingdom (1962), inscribed "Ted Hughes" by Sylvia Plath (2)

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OXFORD BOOK OF WILD FLOWERS
ARY (S.) AND M. GREGORY. The Oxford Book of Wild Flowers, FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY TED HUGHES TO SYLVIA PLATH ("To Darling Sylvia from Ted, March 25th 1961", on the front free endpaper), Oxford University Press, 1960; together with a copy of V.J. Stanek's Pictorial Encyclopaedia of the Animal Kingdom (1962), inscribed "Ted Hughes" by Sylvia Plath (2)

Sold for £ 1,750 (US$ 2,203) inc. premium
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OXFORD BOOK OF WILD FLOWERS
ARY (S.) AND M. GREGORY. The Oxford Book of Wild Flowers, FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY TED HUGHES TO SYLVIA PLATH ("To Darling Sylvia from Ted, March 25th 1961", on the front free endpaper), colour illustrations by B.E. Nicholson, light spotting to endpapers, publisher's cloth, dust-jacket (slightly frayed at extremities), 4to, Oxford University Press, 1960; together with a copy of V.J. Stanek's Pictorial Encyclopaedia of the Animal Kingdom (1962), inscribed "Ted Hughes" by Sylvia Plath (2)

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  • SYLVIA PLATH'S COPY OF THE OXFORD BOOK OF WILD FLOWERS. In a letter of 27 March 1961 Plath wrote to her mother "Ted brought me a little bouquet of yellow primroses yesterday with a handsome edition of the Oxford Book of Wild Flowers - the remains of that kind $10 you sent. He is the sweetest, most thoughtful person in the world" (to be published in The Letters, vol. 2). Plath had suffered a miscarriage in February, and "in the following month had an appendectomy; her stay in hospital produced the acclaimed poems 'Tulips' and 'In Plaster'" (ODNB). Nicholson's illustrations of wild plants chime with the precise observational drawing style used by Plath to depict native wildflowers (including a dandelion, purple thistle and meadow flowers) some years earlier.
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