PLATH (SYLVIA) Ariel, FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY TED HUGHES "For John on account of Walrus willy-bones, fangs, claws & skulls. Greetings from Ted, May 1989" on front free endpaper, Faber and Faber, 1965; together with a 2-page autograph letter dated 30 July [19]88, to "John" (2)

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Lot 405
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Ariel, FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY TED HUGHES "For John on account of Walrus willy-bones, fangs, claws & skulls. Greetings from Ted, May 1989" on front free endpaper, Faber and Faber, 1965; together with a 2-page autograph letter dated 30 July [19]88, to "John" (2)

Sold for £ 3,125 (US$ 3,951) inc. premium
The Property of Frieda Hughes
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Ariel, FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY TED HUGHES "For John on account of Walrus willy-bones, fangs, claws & skulls. Greetings from Ted, May 1989" on front free endpaper, publisher's cloth, dust-jacket, FINE COPY [Tabor A5a], 8vo, Faber and Faber, 1965; together with a 2-page autograph letter dated 30 July [19]88, to "John" (2)

Footnotes

  • "Keep the Ariel in seal - I mean in airtight bag, if possible. That's if you want it to keep its value..." Hughes advises the unidentified recipient in the letter accompanying a near pristine copy of Ariel. Writing from Court Green, Hughes also discusses plans to ask Ralph Steadman to do "the cover for the Bear Safety book", the problems of bringing wolfskins, "& the otter head & few teeth" through customs, and requesting that the recipient "send Nicholas a few of your art books...".
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