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Dielma, with ALS and original manuscript poem laid in
Duckworth, London 1932 - London: Duckworth, 1932. First edition, in jacket. ALS by the author, with an original poem to the recipient, laid in [see story, below]. Octavo, 88 pp. Bright blue cloth, gilt spine lettering. Spartan cream jacket (now toned). Near fine; paste foxing at endpapers, no othernotable flaws. Jacket is better than good, age-toned as noted and with a few smallish chips. See scans. This is the earlier Harry Clifton, namesake of the current Irish poet by that name. This one (the earlier Harry Clifton) became the inspiration for W.B. Yeats' famous 1938 poem, "Lapis Lazuli (For Harry Clifton)" after he (Clifton) gave Yeats a Lapis Lazuli carving. Clifton was particularly adroit at poems honoring - and marveling at - women, a talent to which the contents of "Dielma" will attest. There's more. Laid in is a letter from Clifton, on stationery of the Hotel St. Francis in San Francisco, to a Miss Patricia T___, with an original manuscript poem to her at its end. The letter begins: "Dear Patricia - I am sending you a poem, of you, to you. Of course, do not imagine that I know whom you are like; you may resemble Aphrohodite of the Golden Girdle, or Queen Neferte (sic) really." he goes on to say, among other things, that he's writing to England to have a copy of Lord Dunsany's "The Queen of Elfland's Daughter" (sic; actual title was "The King of Elfland's Daughter") sent to her. The Poem is entitled, "To Patricia T___", and goes on to compare her, for her natural affinity for riding, golf, and tennis, to the Goddess Diana: "I imagined muscles moulding to running grace." While there is no evidence here to so indicate, it's possible the copy of Dielma in which the letter and poem are laid was Patricia's, which, if the case, would make this a presentation copy as well. Perhaps an association copy, to boot; Patricia T's surname is that of a noted San Francisco family, and since the letter was written on Hotel St. Francis stationery in that city, she may have been a member of that clan. No direct evidence here to establish that conclusively, however. The letter is dated "All Souls Day, 1932", which would have been November 2nd or November 3rd of that year. l-44n [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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