PLATH (SYLVIA) The Bell Jar, FIRST EDITION, SYLVIA PLATH'S OWN COPY SIGNED AND DATED "CHRISTMAS 1962", WITH HER FITZROY ROAD ADDRESS  on the front free paper, Heinemann, [1963]

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PLATH (SYLVIA)
The Bell Jar, FIRST EDITION, SYLVIA PLATH'S OWN COPY SIGNED AND DATED "CHRISTMAS 1962", WITH HER FITZROY ROAD ADDRESS on the front free paper, Heinemann, [1963]

Sold for £ 87,500 (US$ 110,953) inc. premium
The Property of Frieda Hughes
[PLATH (SYLVIA)]
The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas, FIRST EDITION, SYLVIA PLATH'S OWN COPY, SIGNED AND DATED "CHRISTMAS 1962", WITH HER FITZROY ROAD ADDRESS on the front free paper, light spotting to extreme edges, publisher's cloth, pictorial dust-jacket (slightly worn at extremities) [Tabor A4a.1], 8vo, Heinemann, [1963]

Footnotes

  • SYLVIA PLATH'S OWN COPY OF THE BELL JAR, inscribed and dated "Sylvia Plath/23 Fitzroy Road/London NW1/Christmas 1962". The Bell Jar was published by William Heinemann on 14 January 1963. Despite it being published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, and in letters home described by Plath as "a potboiler", she has inscribed her copy - some three weeks prior to the official release, and less than two months prior to her death - with her own name.

    Separated from Ted Hughes, but still living at Court Green in Devon, Plath wrote to her mother 29 November 1962, to say she hoped to move into the flat at 23 Fitzroy Road - once the home of W.B. Yeats - on 17 December, and that "When I get safely into this flat, I shall be the happiest person in the world." She and the children in fact moved in on 10 December, and soon Plath reported to her aunt "... here I am, in my favourite house in my favourite neighbourhood, happy and as a clam!". It was there that she wrote and worked on the poems posthumously published in Ariel, and where, only eight weeks after moving in, she tragically died.
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PLATH (SYLVIA) The Bell Jar, FIRST EDITION, SYLVIA PLATH'S OWN COPY SIGNED AND DATED "CHRISTMAS 1962", WITH HER FITZROY ROAD ADDRESS  on the front free paper, Heinemann, [1963]
PLATH (SYLVIA) The Bell Jar, FIRST EDITION, SYLVIA PLATH'S OWN COPY SIGNED AND DATED "CHRISTMAS 1962", WITH HER FITZROY ROAD ADDRESS  on the front free paper, Heinemann, [1963]
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