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Book Description

HUGHES, Ted. Crow Wakes. (Woodford Green, Essex): Poet and Printer 1971. One of a limited edition of 200 copies with 100 copies being retained by the printer and 100 going to the author. The copies retained by the printer were unsigned, but Hughes signed his copies and numbered them 1 – 100. However, at some point he must have decided to number the copies he had left 1 – 88. This copies is not double signed by the author, but has been signed once on the free front endpaper "Ted Hughes 29/88". Bound in quarter cream Elephant Hide, with black on red patterned boards. A very Fine copy, as issued.
Dealer Notes
Note: “These poems were excluded for personal reasons from [Hughes’s] Crow opus,” the printer, Alan Tarling, told the poet’s bibliographers, Keith Sagar and Stephen Tabor, in 1976, “ he (Hughes) offered them to me in March 1970. The printing and casing-in lasted until April 71 when I began sending off copies. There were 200, a hundred each going to poet (TH) and printer (me) plus 30 review or academic copies. None of mine was signed and each cost £2.25, though I gave some to friends and relatives. All the ‘academic’ copies were gratis, and said as much in an extra colophon . . . I don’t know how TH’s copies were distributed or whether or not they were signed.” Hughes obviously intended to number and sign all his 100 copies (one is inscribed “No. 100”), and started doing so; however he later forgot this protocol, and additionally numbered and signed 88 of his copies on the front free endpaper.
Author HUGHES, Ted.
Binding Bound in quarter cream Elephant Hide, with black on red patterned boards.
Publisher (Woodford Green, Essex): Poet and Printer.
Condition Very Fine copy, as issued.
Pages 1971.

Price: £250.00

Offered by William Cowan

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