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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : THE HAWK IN THE RAIN.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : THE HAWK IN THE RAIN.

London : Faber & Faber, (1957). First edition : [one of 2,000 copies]. His uncommon first book – a collection of forty poems, dedicated to Sylvia Plath, whom he had married the previous year. An attractive association copy – the review copy sent to fellow poet Roy Fuller (1912-1991), with the publishers’ review slip, Fuller’s pencilled notes on the reverse of the slip, and his inked ownership inscription. Fuller’s review appeared in the “London Magazine” in January 1958.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [ii],(60),[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in yellow; a very good copy in the Berthold Wolpe dust-jacket – also very good, with some minimal restoration to tips. Sagar A1.

£500

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WODWO.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WODWO.

London : Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition : in the primary binding, lettered in gilt rather than silver. A collection of forty poems, five stories and a radio play.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 184pp. Original quarter red cloth, with grey cloth sides, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; a hint of tanning to endpapers, but a very good and bright copy in the Berthold Wolpe dust-jacket – design in red and grey on white – just lightly used and slightly tanned. With the 1969 ownership inscription of Brian Morse. Sagar & Tabor A12a.i.

£100

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WODWO.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WODWO.

London : Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition : in the uncommon secondary binding, lettered in silver rather than gilt. A collection of forty poems, five stories and a radio play.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 184pp. Original quarter red cloth, with grey cloth sides; a few faint spots to top edge, but a very good and bright copy in the Berthold Wolpe dust-jacket – a design in red and grey on white – also very good and fresh. Small contemporary ownership monogram and date. Sagar & Tabor A12a.i.

£100

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : FIVE AUTUMN SONGS FOR CHILDREN’S VOICES.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : FIVE AUTUMN SONGS FOR CHILDREN’S VOICES.

Crediton : Richard Gilbertson, (1968). First edition : one of just twenty-six numbered copies (of 500) inscribed with a complete verse from the first song in the poet’s hand and signed and dated 3rd January 1969 by Ted Hughes. A collection of five poems.
Crown 4to (25cm). [ii],(10)pp. Original fluorescent pink stapled wrappers, lettered in black; just a hint of rubbing, but a very good copy of this fragile production. Sagar A18 – noting that no copy of this issue had been seen by the compilers.

£400

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : FIVE AUTUMN SONGS FOR CHILDREN’S VOICES.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : FIVE AUTUMN SONGS FOR CHILDREN’S VOICES.

Crediton : Richard Gilbertson, (1968). First edition : one of 312 ordinary numbered copies (of 500). A collection of five poems.
Crown 4to (25cm). [ii],(10)pp. Original fluorescent pink stapled wrappers, lettered in black; a very good copy of a very fragile item.

£50

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : EARTH-MOON.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : EARTH-MOON.

London : Rainbow Press, (1976). First edition : one of just twenty-six lettered copies (of 226) printed for the author’s personal use and signed by Ted Hughes. A collection of thirty-one poems, designed and printed on hand-made paper by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press in Cambridge. The ten illustrations, printed in blue, are by Ted Hughes himself.
Pott 4to (14cm). [iv],(66),[ii]pp. Illustrations. Original slate-blue Japanese paper boards, lettered in silver, with a cork roundel onlay; faint and tiny spot to rear endpaper, but a very good copy indeed in the original matching slip-case. Sagar A48 – noting that the compilers had not seen any of the twenty-six lettered copies.

£500

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : GAUDETE.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : GAUDETE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1977). First edition : with the misprint "soelmn" for "solemn" on p.75. "An Anglican clergyman is abducted by spirits into the other world ...".
Demy 8vo (23cm). 200pp. Original black cloth, lettered in orange and gilt; an excellent copy in the Leonard Baskin dust-jacket – price-clipped but otherwise fine. Sagar A51a.

£50

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : ADAM AND THE SACRED NINE.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : ADAM AND THE SACRED NINE.

London : Rainbow Press, (1978). First edition : limited to 200 numbered copies, signed by Ted Hughes. A collection of seventeen poems, designed and hand-printed on hand-made paper by Will Carter at the Rampant Lions Press in Cambridge, with a frontispiece by Leonard Baskin.
Pott 4to (21cm). [vi],(24),[iv],[6]pp. Bound in the original full blue calf, lettered in gilt, by Gray of Cambridge; top edge gilt; decorated Japanese paper endleaves; a very good copy in the original cloth slip-case. Sagar A59.

£400

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : MOORTOWN.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : MOORTOWN.

London : Faber & Faber, (1979). First edition : [one of 2,000 copies in hardback] – complete with the separately printed errata slip. A major collection of 125 poems, including “Dehorning”, “Coming Down Through Somerset” and “Teaching a Dumb Calf”, as well as the sequences “Prometheus on His Crag”, “Earth-Numb”, “Orts”, “Adam and the Sacred Nine”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (172),[iv]pp. Illustrations by Leonard Baskin (with an additional one by Hughes himself). Original red cloth, lettered in green and gilt; some very mild tanning to text (as always), but otherwise an excellent and bright copy in the original Baskin dust-jacket – also very good indeed. Sagar & Tabor A67.

£100

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WOLF-WATCHING.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WOLF-WATCHING.

[North Tawton] : Morrigu Press, (1982). First edition : one of just seventy-five numbered copies, signed by Ted Hughes. A poem hand-printed on and bound in hand-made Fabriano papers, with a colophon by Leonard Baskin. Loosely inserted are the original hand-printed press flyer for the publication and two signed autograph notes to the great poetry collector and publisher Alan Clodd (1918-2002) on Morrigu compliments slips, the first from Nicholas Hughes (Ted Hughes’ teenage son), dated 27th August 1984, offering Clodd a copy of the publication – “our best piece of work so far” – and the second from Carol Hughes (Hughes’ second wife) dated 27th September, confirming receipt of the order and the despatch of the book.
Royal 8vo (25cm). [12]pp. Original grey-brown stitched wrappers, with a white title label printed in red; a very good copy of a scarce and fragile publication, with an attractive provenance.

£400

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