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HUGHES, Ted.

Rare books by Ted Hughes, including first edition and signed first edition copies of Crow, The Iron Man, and Tales from Ovid.

Ted Hughes (1930–1998) was a British poet laureate and the husband ofSylvia Plath. His first poem, “The Little Boys and the Seasons” was published in Granta in 1954, the same year that he graduated from Cambridge. In 1956 he and a group of friends founded the short-lived literary magazine the St. Botolph’s Review, the first (and only) issue of which contained four poems by Hughes.

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  1. 51998

    Groom's Dream.

    [Northampton, MA: 1957]

    First edition, sole printing, of the poem that would be retitled "A Dream of Horses" in the collection Lupercal. This is one of a small number of copies off-printed from the Grecourt Review for the use of the publisher and author. Sagar & Tabor write that "The Grecourt Review, like many other periodicals, provided contributors... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 51998

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  2. 98266
    First edition, first impression of Ted Hughes's first book. With the author's article on The Hawk in the Rain written for the Poetry Book Society Bulletin (September 1957, No. 15) loosely inserted. Learn More
    £500

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  3. The Hawk in the Rain.
    First US edition, first printing, presentation copy of Hughes's first book, inscribed to the poet and actress Isabella Gardner on the title page, "To Isabella Gardner with good wishes Ted Hughes". Gardner (1915-1981) was the Massachusetts-born great-niece of the important Boston art collector Isabella Stuart Gardner (1840-1924)... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 114433

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  4. 51997
    First separate edition, sole printing, being one of a small number of copies off-printed from the Grecourt Review for the use of the publisher and author. Sagar & Tabor write that "The Grecourt Review, like many other periodicals, provided contributors with offprints... They are identical with the magazine texts and of no... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 51997

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  5. 125884comp
    First paperback issue, inscribed by the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes: "To Olwyn with love from Ted May 1970". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary agent, established the Rainbow Press with Ted in 1971 to produce... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 125884

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  6. 125866comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by Hughes a week prior to the official publication date to his paternal uncle Walter and his family, "To Walter & Alice & Barbara with love from Ted March 11th, 1960", on the title page. Hughes received six author's copies on 23rd February from Faber (some three... Learn More
    £2,500

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  7. 125956comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with love from Ted April 1st, 1961". The inscription precedes the publication of the book, Hughes's first book of children's verse, by six days. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn.... Learn More
    £2,250

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    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Hughes to his sister before the publication date on the front free endpaper, "To Olwyn, 28th Jan. 64. With love, Ted". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary agent, established... Learn More
    £350

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olywn Hughes, inscribed on the verso of the half title "To Olwyn with love from Ted Xmas 1966". The book was originally presented to Ted Hughes by Assia Wevill, his lover, with a discreet presentation inscription in her hand on the front free... Learn More
    £225

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  10. 126118comp
    First edition, limited issue, number 130 of 150 copies, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his sister, "With love to Olwyn from Ted, January 1967". This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 126118

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    Wodwo.

    London: 1967

    First edition, first impression. A collection of poems, short stories and a radio play, The Wound. Hughes described this work "as a single adventure, 'a descent into destruction' (Faas, 205)" (ODNB). Learn More
    £200

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    Wodwo.

    London: 1967

    First edition, first impression. A collection of poems, short stories and a radio play, The Wound. Hughes described this work "as a single adventure, 'a descent into destruction' (Faas, 205)" (ODNB). Learn More
    £250

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    Wodwo.

    New York: 1967

    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with love Xmas 1967 from Ted". The UK edition had been published earlier that year, with the text slightly revised for the American edition. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn.... Learn More
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    Wodwo.

    London: 1967

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with love from Ted 21st April 1967". The inscription preceded the publication of the book, on 18 May 1967, by a month. Sagor and Tabor cite another copy inscribed to Hughes's brother... Learn More
    £2,000

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    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister Olwyn less than a month after its publication on the title page, "With love to Olwyn from Ted May 1st 1967". This is copy C of 26 copies lettered A-Z and signed by the author. A further 380 unsigned copies went on general sale. This... Learn More
    £750

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  16. The Iron Man. A Story in Five Nights.
    First edition, first impression. 6000 copies printed according to the Sagar & Tabor bibliography. The majority we have seen have come from school libraries and this title is probably the scarcest of Hughes trade editions. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 99583

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    First US edition, first printing, dedication copy, inscribed by the author to his son Nicholas, "For Nicky love from Dad". The book was dedicated to his three children, Frieda, Nicholas, and Shura. The book was published earlier the same year in the UK as The Iron Man. The title was altered in the US edition to The Iron... Learn More
    £3,750

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  18. 125944
    First edition, first impression. Perhaps his best known novel, Hughes's children's book was adapted into an animated film in 1999. Learn More
    £875

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    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn from Ted lots of love Dec 1972". The UK edition was first published in December 1969. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their... Learn More
    £250

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with lots of love from Ted 21 Sept 70". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary... Learn More
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    Crow.

    London: 1970

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Olwyn with lots of love from Ted 30th Sept 70", surrounded by a hand-drawn long-tailed lizard upon a leaf. The inscription precedes the book's publication on the 12 October 1970 by a couple... Learn More
    £2,750

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    A Crow Hymn.

    Frensham, Surrey: 1970

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister in the month of its publication on the title page, "To Olwyn, with love from Ted, March 23rd 70". This is one of approximately eight copies that Sagar & Tabor record as being out of series. Otherwise the edition was limited to 100 copies,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 126112

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    First separate edition, this copy out series (as usual) of a stated issue of 100 copies. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with love Ted 3rd March 70 For the rose, the thorn is watered". This was one of Hughes's favourite mottoes. The poem was originally... Learn More
    £750

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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 4 of 150 copies signed by the author. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More
    £500

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    Crow Wakes.

    Woodford Green, Essex: 1971

    First edition, first printing, signed and numbered by Hughes not once but twice, one of the scarce 100 copies retained by the poet. The title page verso is signed "No. 28, Ted Hughes" and the front free endpaper signed and numbered "Ted Hughes 46/88". The printer Alan Tarling informed the bibliographers Sagar and Tabor that... Learn More
    £500

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    Crow Wakes.

    Woodford Green, Essex: 1971

    First edition, first printing, signed and numbered by Hughes not once but twice, one of the scarce 100 copies retained by the poet. The title page verso is signed "No. 25 Ted Hughes" and the front free endpaper signed and numbered "Ted Hughes 43/88". The printer Alan Tarling informed the bibliographers Sagar and Tabor that... Learn More
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    Crow Wakes.

    Woodford Green, Essex: 1971

    First edition, first impression, one of around 230 (stated 200) copies. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Olwyn love from Ted Sept 20th 1971", with the inscription repeated upside down on the rear endpaper, no doubt by mistake, below Hughes's manuscript addition... Learn More
    £1,350

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  28. 125876comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 50 of 140 copies signed by the author. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, with her ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £500

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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 25 of 160 copies signed by the author and artist. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. This work is described by Ted Hughes as "a numb poem about numbness" in which "Prometheus eventually comes to terms... Learn More
    £750

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    First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Stephanie and Jimmy, with ten million thanks & love from Ted, July 1977". The recipients, Stephanie Bennett and James Mervis, hosted Ted Hughes during the New York blackout in July of that year, which resulted in city-wide looting.... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 119990

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  31. 125878comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the front free endpaper, "To Olwyn with lots of love from Ted 27 Oct 76". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary agent, established... Learn More
    £450

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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 38 of 226 copies signed by the author, of which 200 copies were for public sale. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, with her ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £500

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    Eclipse.

    Knotting, Bedfordshire: 1976

    Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's..."> First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister a month after its publication on the title page, "For Olwyn, much love, Ted 24 Aug 76". This copy is number 58 of 250 copies, of which numbers 1-50 were signed by the author.
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    Sunstruck.

    Knotting: 1977

    First edition, limited issue, number 272 of 300 copies, of which the first 100 were signed. This copy, however, is also signed by the author on the limitation page and inscribed by him to his sister on the title page, "To Olwyn, with love from Ted". This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and... Learn More
    £450

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Stephanie and Jimmy, and Michael in good time, with love, from Ted, July 1977". The recipients, Stephanie Bennett and James Mervis, hosted Ted Hughes during the New York blackout in July of that year, which resulted... Learn More
    £475

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  36. 125889comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn much love from Ted 22nd April 77". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary agent,... Learn More
    £500

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  37. 125762comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 166 of 200 copies signed by the author. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More
    £350

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    A Solstice.

    Knotting, Bedfordshire: 1978

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister in the month after its publication on the title page, "For Olwyn, with love from Ted, August 1978". This copy is number 140 of 350 copies, of which only the first 100 were to be signed by the poet; this copy is, however, also signed... Learn More
    £475

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    First edition, first impression, one of 6,000 unnumbered copies. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Ted Hughes Feb 1979". From the author's retained stock, though unmarked as such. Learn More
    £200

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  40. 125892comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Olwyn, lots of love from Ted Feb. 1978". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary agent, established the Rainbow... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 125892

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    Orts.

    London: 1978

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 161 of 200 copies signed by the author. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. "Orts" is a Middle English word meaning scraps or leftovers. Many of the poems in this collection were left over from the unpublished... Learn More
    £500

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  42. 125871
    First edition, one of six specially bound "author's presentation copies", this copy from Hughes to his son Nicholas, the founder of the Morrigu Press, from an overall edition of 175 copies. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 125871

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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 123 of 180 copies numbered and signed by the author. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 126076

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    First edition, first impression, wrappered issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister Olwyn on the first blank, "For Olwyn, With much love, Ted October 1979". This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. It was published simultaneously... Learn More
    £375

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  45. 123573comp
    Signed limited edition, number 44 of 70 copies signed by both the author and the photographer, printed on hand-made paper and bound thus. A further 110 copies were issued signed solely by Hughes and bound in quarter buckram. In this work Hughes, responding to Godwin's photographs, "returned to his roots and evoked the spirit... Learn More
    £1,300

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  46. 125873comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the front free endpaper, "For Olwyn, with love Xmas 1981 from Carol and Ted", and with an original unpublished 19-line manuscript poem on a rear blank entitled "Some Spare Cormorant for Olwyn". Number 151 of 250 copies signed... Learn More
    £3,000

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  47. 126427
    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 unnumbered copies. The copy of Ted Hughes, unmarked as such, who contributed the poem "To be Harry". This copy is from the collection of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More
    £35

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  48. 125893comp
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the half-title "For Olwyn - love from Ted November 1986". The American edition had been published in September 1986, the UK edition in October. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn... Learn More
    £475

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn, inscribed on the front free endpaper on the day of publication: "For Olwyn / Did we hit? / Or did we miss?/ How do we come / To be doing this? / Love from me Ted 18 September 1989". The short poem, or extract thereof, could not be traced in... Learn More
    £450

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  50. 125911comp
    First paperback edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn - Happy 1994 love Ted". The first hardback edition was published the same year. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children,... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 125911

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  51. 125908comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn love Ted 9th March 1992". The inscription precedes the book's publication date, on 13 April 1992, by a month. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn... Learn More
    £500

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  52. 125774comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the half-title, "For Olwyn, with love, Ted Christmas 1991", together with a large original ornate ink drawing of a fantastical garden. Number XI of 30 copies numbered in Roman numerals, signed and reserved by the author. There... Learn More
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  53. 125954comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper within a hand-drawn heart: "For Olwyn love Ted 22nd Sept 93". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's... Learn More
    £350

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    First trade edition, first impression, wrappered issue. Presentation copy from the author to his older sister, inscribed on the half-title: "For Olwyn, with lots of love, from Ted, May 24 1979". The wrappered and cloth issues were published simultaneously on 21 May 1979, a few days before the present inscription. In addition,... Learn More
    £675

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  55. 126109comp
    First edition, number 5 of 250 copies to be signed and numbered by the author and illustrator; this copy is, however, unsigned. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, with her ownership inscription on the title page. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 126109

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  56. 125811comp
    First editions, first impressions, paperback issues. Dedication copies, both inscribed on the front free endpaper to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes: "For Olwyn with love Ted October 1995". Olwyn and Gerald, Hughes's brother, shared the dedication of the four Animal Poems books, with these two books being vols. II and III.... Learn More
    £350

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    First collected edition, first impression; signed by the poet on the half-title of volume 1. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 121828

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  58. 125857comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn with love from Ted October 1995". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 125857

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  59. 129593comp
    Signed limited edition, number 256 of 310 copies signed by the author. Birthday Letters was Hughes's controversial collection of poems about his relationship with his deceased first wife, the poet Sylvia Plath. This signed limited edition was published simultaneously with the first trade edition. Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 129593

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  60. 126198comp
    First edition, first impression, limited issue, number 64 of 300 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. This work was the winner of the 1997 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 126198

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