MORRIGU PRESS AND TED HUGHES A fine archive relating to the Morrigu Press, including publications by Ted Hughes, printed ephemera, and manuscript material, [c.1979-1983] (quantity)

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MORRIGU PRESS AND TED HUGHES
A fine archive relating to the Morrigu Press, including publications by Ted Hughes, printed ephemera, and manuscript material, [c.1979-1983] (quantity)

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MORRIGU PRESS AND TED HUGHES
A fine archive relating to the Morrigu Press, including publications by Ted Hughes, printed ephemera, and manuscript material, materials loose within a proof gilt-blocked vellum binding (for the Rainbow Press publication "Moortown Elegies"), various sizes, [c.1979-1983] (quantity)

Footnotes

  • "The Morrigu Press was founded [in 1979] by Nicholas Hughes, Ted's son, when he was 18 years old. He had received the gift of an Albion handpress from his aunt, Olwyn Hughes... Nicholas exclusively printed Hughes's poems. Hughes would complete a poem, and pass it on to Nicholas to be set up in type... [The books] achieve a harmonious relationship between the poem and the page through simple yet elegant designs, created with high quality materials such as handmade paper" (British Library website).

    The archive comprises:

    FOUR MANUSCRIPT TRIAL DESIGNS BY TED HUGHES for the prospectus of the poems 'Pheasant' and 'Cormorants' (manuscript note by Hughes on the one listing train times from Exeter to Bristol), together with 4 manuscript trial designs for the same by Nicholas (one with note of names including "Aurelia" and "Bill & Barbara" on verso), and 9 trial versions printed in red and black on differing paper stocks.

    EIGHT MANUSCRIPT TRIAL DESIGNS BY TED HUGHES for different Morrigu Press prospectuses, including 'Wolf-watching'; printed mock-up designs for the title and colophon page of 'Wolf-Watching', and 'Giant Dream of Elephants', and A MANUSCRIPT MOCK-UP SHEET BY HUGHES for a proposed colophon page.

    AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY TED HUGHES ("Daddy") to his son Nicholas (at Queen's College, Oxford), asking about his accommodation and recommending him to "buy a typewriter... Don't get an Olivetti... Get it now...", one page, in original envelope; 2 blank A4 sheets signed "Ted Hughes".

    TWO PEN AND INK CARTOON DRAWINGS BY TED HUGHES, in black biro, on lined textbook pages (recto only, joined), each 165 x 128mm., undated. Whilst not directly related to the Morrigu Press, one of the drawings is possibly a self-portrait of Hughes with his son Nicholas. The image shows a man and a youth from behind, the man laiden with luggage, umbrella, paint brush, umbrella etc., and balanced on his head a cat seated in a box on which is written "Sandwiches/Vitamins/Legislation! O.H". The boy has a label "Hebden Bridge" attached to his trousers.

    'Night Arrival on Sea-Trout', 2 copies, one signed and numbered "18" by Hughes, one unsigned, with brown crayon sketch/scribble on verso, [1979]; 'The Iron Wolf', signed and numbered "18" by Hughes, [1979]; 'Puma', signed and numbered "18" by Hughes, [1979], all limited to 30 copies; 'Woodpecker', 'No. 5 for Olwyn' signed by Hughes, 1979; 'Brooktrout', 2 copies, 1979; 'Eagle', 2 copies, 1980, limited to 60 copies, signed and numbered by Ted Hughes; 'Wolf-Watching', PROOF INSCRIBED BY HUGHES TO OLWYN HUGHES, 1982; 'Three New Publications' (3), 'Four Broadside Poems by Ted Hughes' (10), 'Cows' (12, trial flyers, printed on differening types of paper); and 'The First Publications of... No 1 Night Arrival of Sea Trout...' (3).

    A small group of trial printings of the circular design by Baskin for the Press colophon page, and 2 colour reproductions of pictures by Baskin; trial type printing sheets (4); green paper trial binding; Morrigu Press letter-headed writing paper (7 sheets); Catalogue of Italian coloured papers, issued by Hale Paper Company, in envelope addressed to Nicholas at Court Green (and 2 other "paper" lists, one extensively annotated by Nicholas); typescript catalogue of the "Papers from the Collection of Edmond Kapp" with a covering letter from Patricia Kapp to Ted Hughes, relating to his visit to inspect the collection (presumably with a view to using for Morrigu publications); sheet of original colour paint samples, and 8 "page sizing" sheets, all annotated by Nicholas.
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