PLATH (SYLVIA) Three Women. A Monologue for Three Voices... with an Introduction by Douglas Cleverdon, ONE OF 5 SPECIALLY PRINTED COPIES, from an overall edition of 185 copies, SIGNED BY TED HUGHES on the front free endpaper, Turret Books, 1968; sold with a window-mounted woodcut print of the 'Three Women' by Gliwa (2)
Lot 381
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Three Women. A Monologue for Three Voices... with an Introduction by Douglas Cleverdon, ONE OF 5 SPECIALLY PRINTED COPIES, from an overall edition of 185 copies, SIGNED BY TED HUGHES on the front free endpaper, Turret Books, 1968; sold with a window-mounted woodcut print of the 'Three Women' by Gliwa (2)
Sold for £ 1,625 (US$ 2,064) inc. premium

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The Property of Frieda Hughes
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Three Women. A Monologue for Three Voices... with an Introduction by Douglas Cleverdon, ONE OF 5 SPECIALLY PRINTED COPIES, from an overall edition of 185 copies, SIGNED BY TED HUGHES on the front free endpaper, half-title, frontispiece, woodcut illustration of flowers and woodcut initials designed, engraved and printed from woodblocks by Stanislaw Gliwa, the opening large initial "T" of this copy hand-painted in red ink, the text in red and black, publisher's morocco-backed pictorial boards, gilt-lettered on spine [Tabor A3b.2], small folio (340 x 235mm.), Turret Books, 1968; sold with a window-mounted woodcut print of the 'Three Women' by Gliwa (2)

Footnotes

  • TED HUGHES'S COPY, lettered "E" on the colophon, one of only 5 "not for sale... [which] have been printed on various Italian and French hand-made papers, on an Albion hand press". According to Tabor there were 2 further "out of series" copies.

    Three Women was the only poetic work that Plath wrote (six years before it was published) specifically for broadcast on the radio. The script was sent to the BBC producer Douglas Cleverdon in May 1962, whereupon "it was immediately accepted by the Third Programme" (Preface), and broadcast later that year.
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