FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. 8vo. Blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Top edge blue. Pushing to head of spine, edges toned, small stain to bottom corner of ffep, offsetting to rear endpaper. Tennant’s presentation inscription in brown pen to ffep: “Olwyn/ love/ Emma/ August 1979”. Clean and tight. In Mon Mohan’s original atmospheric blue dust jacket: spine darkened, faint stain to heel and neighbouring sections of panels, 1cm strip of nicking to fore-edge of rear flap. A pleasing association copy of the prolific Anglo-Scottish re-writer and parodist’s sixth novel.
Tennant first met Olwyn Hughes when requesting material by her brother or Plath for the new literary magazine, Bananas (1975-1981), and would later have a brief dalliance with Ted Hughes, which she documented in Burnt Diaries (1999). Then followed her novel about Plath and Hughes, “the unexpectedly compelling” The Ballad of Sylvia and Ted (2001).
Author TENNANT, Emma; [HUGHES, Olwyn]
Publisher London: Jonathan Cape
Condition Very good/ very good