Book Description

MACDIARMID, Hugh. Second Hymn to Lenin. Cootes , Thakeham, Sussex: Privately printed by Valda Trevlyn, Nd (1932). Frontispiece portrait of MacDiarmid by William Johnstone. One of a limited edition of 100 copies signed and numbered by the author, this copy marked 'ex series' in the author's hand and inscribed by him: 'To Barbara Niven/ with gratitude and/ all comradely greetings./ Hugh MacDiarmid/ Whalsay/ Shetland Isles/ 17/6/35'. Original sewn pictorial wrappers. Some light and occasional foxing, mostly on centre and extreme edges of some pages, some soiling and marks on cover, otherwise near very good copy, as issued. A rare first edition later republished by Stanley Knott, London, in 1935, with extra poems as Second Hymn to Lenin and other Poems.
Dealer Notes
Barbara Niven and her husband Ernest Brooks were close friends of the MacDiarmids. She was a talented painter producing a particularly fine, artistically shadowed, full-face portrait of MacDiarmid and captioned artist and friend of Barbara Niven visited MacDiarmid with her husband Ern Brooks on Whalsay in 1938 and 1939 . It was Niven who produced a wickedly funny line drawing caricature, for MacDiarmid's The Voice of Scotland, of a statuesque Willa Muir petting a docile little lamb supposed to be her husband Edwin Muir. No doubt an in-joke about how the Grieves viewed the Muirs. Brooks and Niven were lifelong members of the Communist Party and in the Thirties had helped found the Manchester Theatre Union with Joan Littlewood and the folk singer Ewan McColl.
Author MACDIARMID, Hugh.
Date Nd (1932)
Binding Original illustrated wrappers
Publisher Cootes , Thakeham, Sussex: Privately printed by Valda Trevlyn (author's second wife)
Illustrator Cover illustration by William Johnstone.
Condition See description below.

Price: £225.00

Offered by William Cowan

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