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Moortown. Poems. With two drawings by Leonard Baskin and a half-title decoration by the author. (INSCRIBED)
Faber, London, 1979. First Edition (first printing). A presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Peggy and Sean, yet another book, with much love from Ted, 10th Nov 1979". (The recipients of Hughes' inscription are the poet Seán Rafferty and his wife). 8vo. 170pp. Red cloth lettered in gold at the spine. Some tanning to the lesser quality paperstock, else a virtually fine copy in non-price-clipped dust wrapper, lightly faded at the spine panel and with a touch of marking and edge-creasing. One hundred and twenty-four poems. The collection is named after Hughes' small farm in Winkleigh, Devon. Scottish poet Seán Rafferty was born in February 1909 and studied at Edinburgh University where his verse greatly impressed Sorley MacLean. After the death of his first wife on V.E. day in 1945 he remarried and move with his new wife Peggy to Devon where the couple ran the Duke of York pub in Iddesleigh and became great friends with their neighbour and regular Ted Hughes, who regularly sent Rafferty's poems to 'PN Review.' His 'Collected Poems' was posthumously issued by Carcanet in 1995. Sagar & Tabor A67.. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.
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