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Hopkins, Gerard Manley
Hopkins, Gerard Manley- ORIGINAL ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT OF POEM- FAMILY HEIRLOOM] Original Fully Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum of Hopkins' Poem, "The Starlight Night," 1914 with Note Given as Family Heirloom
Vellum sheet, measuring 11 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches. Image size: 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches. 1914. A magnificently full color illuminated manuscript, by Erina Kenna (signed and dated in gold, at bottom: "Erina Kenna, Christmas, 1914," purportedly (per note on back) handed down through the Hopkins family, of his famous poem, "The Starlight Night," with minor revisions, and a possible early rendering of the poem. Framed later (on Vashon Island, see below), on a vellum sheet, with highly detailed and flourished large illuminated initial, and wide border designs and illustrative design including a winding grape vine, blossoms and circular gold dots and stipples, and four central "starry night" illustrations in wide burnished gold geometric frames, highly ornate and of a high degree of technical and aesthetic finish, by Erina Kenna. Lettering in black and red, by Kenna. On the back of the brown paper covering the frame is the following typewritten note: "This was a Christmas present in 1914 to G.M.H's mother from her surviving children. On the death of her youngest daughter, Grace, her son Lionel, then the only survivor of the family, presented it to his cousin, Anne Maurice Hopkins, who later passed it on for safe custody to her brother Edward Manley Hopkins. The text, though doubtless supplied by Robert Bridges, differs very considerably from that which he published four years later." This note was probably appended by a later ancestor, and is incorrect, in that it could not have been given to Hopkins' mother (Kate Smith Hopkins,1821-1900), as she had been deceased by that time (i.e. 19 … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books [Seattle, WA, U.S.A.]

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