HUGHES (TED) The Iron Man. A Story in Five Nights, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO THE DEDICATEE, INSCRIBED "To Nicky from Dad 31st Jan 1968" on the front free endpaper, Faber and Faber, 1968

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HUGHES (TED)
The Iron Man. A Story in Five Nights, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO THE DEDICATEE, INSCRIBED "To Nicky from Dad 31st Jan 1968" on the front free endpaper, Faber and Faber, 1968

Sold for £ 9,375 (US$ 11,741) inc. premium
The Property of Frieda Hughes
HUGHES (TED)
The Iron Man. A Story in Five Nights, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO THE DEDICATEE, INSCRIBED "To Nicky from Dad 31st Jan 1968" on the front free endpaper, illustrations by George Adamson, publisher's cloth, dust-jacket [Sagar/Tabor A17a], 4to, Faber and Faber, 1968

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  • THE DEDICATION COPY - INSCRIBED TO THE AUTHOR'S SON NICHOLAS FOUR WEEKS PRIOR TO THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION, IN FINE CONDITION. The book, dedicated to Nicholas, his sister Frieda and half-sister Shura, was released on 26 February, and "would prove to be Ted's bestselling and best-loved work. It firmly established his place as one of the world's leading children's authors..." (Jonathan Bate, Ted Hughes, 2015, p.261). Hughes took his writing for children very seriously. As early as 1957 he wrote to his brother Gerald on the subject, saying "I would like to produce a classic volume... at present there are countless children's books, mostly bad... very few that you want to read 2x" (Letters, Faber, 2007, p.108). The book was later adapted into a 'rock opera' musical by Pete Townshend of The Who, and inspired an animated Warner Brothers film (1999).
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