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. Lupercal.
    HUGHES, Ted. Lupercal.

    London : 1960

    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 from Faber on 23 February, some three weeks before the official publication... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 125866

  2. Meet My Folks.
    HUGHES, Ted. Meet My Folks.

    London : 1961

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy of Hughes's first book of children's verse, inscribed by him to his sister Olwyn Hughes, "To Olwyn with love from Ted April 1st, 1961", on the front free endpaper, six days prior to publication. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children,... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 125956

  3. Recklings.
    HUGHES, Ted. Recklings.

    London : 1966

    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
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 126118

  4. Animal Poems.
    HUGHES, Ted. Animal Poems.

    Crediton : [1967]

    First edition, one of 20 copies containing a manuscript poem, this copy with The Hawk in the Rain, additionally signed and numbered by the author, this being number 37, and bound in decorative wrappers. This edition was published with a total limitation of 100, of which six were bound in green morocco with each poem written by the author in manuscript... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 134125

  5. Scapegoats and Rabies.
    HUGHES, Ted. Scapegoats and Rabies.

    London : 1967

    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 copy is from the library of... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 126113

  6. Wodwo.
    HUGHES, Ted. 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. After Plath's suicide in... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 125960

  7. Wodwo.
    HUGHES, Ted. 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 Gerald on 27 April. Hughes... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 125852

  8. Seneca's Oedipus.
    HUGHES, Ted. Seneca's Oedipus.

    New York : 1972

    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 children, became her brother's... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 125897

  9. A Crow Hymn.
    HUGHES, Ted. 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, of which 26 copies were... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 126112

  10. Crow.
    HUGHES, Ted. 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 of weeks. Mostly written... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 125957

  11. The Martyrdom of Bishop Farrar.
    HUGHES, Ted. The Martyrdom of Bishop Farrar.

    Crediton, Devon : 1970

    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 printed in The Hawk... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 126575

  12. Crow Wakes.
    HUGHES, Ted. 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 "These poems were excluded... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 125129

  13. Crow Wakes.
    HUGHES, Ted. 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 "author's copy No. 2. Sept... Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 125955

  14. The Tiger's Bones.
    HUGHES, Ted. The Tiger's Bones.

    New York : 1974

    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. Stephanie Bennett is a film... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 119990

  15. Eclipse.
    HUGHES, Ted. Eclipse.

    Knotting, Bedfordshire : 1976

    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.

    Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 126110

  16. Sunstruck.
    HUGHES, Ted. 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 Sylvia Plath, though unmarked... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 126441

  17. Gaudete.
    HUGHES, Ted. Gaudete.

    London : 1977

    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, established the Rainbow Press... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 125889

  18. Gaudete.
    HUGHES, Ted. Gaudete.

    London : 1977

    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 in city-wide looting. Stephanie... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 119994

  19. A Solstice.
    HUGHES, Ted. 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 on the limitation page. There... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 126111

  20. Moon-Bells and Other Poems.
    HUGHES, Ted. Moon-Bells and Other Poems.

    London : 1978

    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 Press with Ted in 1971 to... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 125892

  21. Orts.
    HUGHES, Ted. 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 Lumb's Remains, which... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 125734

  22. Remains of Elmet.
    HUGHES, Ted. Remains of Elmet.

    London : 1979

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Janos with lots of love from Ted June 16th 1979" on the half-title. The recipient was Janos Csokits (19282011), a Hungarian poet and close friend of Hughes, who worked with him on the translation of fellow Hungarian poet, János Pilinszky. Csokits was introduced to Hughes... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 135038

  23. Remains of Elmet.
    HUGHES, Ted. Remains of Elmet.

    London : 1979

    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
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 126076

  24. Remains of Elmet.
    HUGHES, Ted. Remains of Elmet.

    London : 1979

    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 of the Calder valley" (ODNB).

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    £1,300.00

    Stock Code: 123573

  25. Flowers and Insects
    HUGHES, Ted. Flowers and Insects

    London : 1986

    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 helped to bring up their... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 125893

  26. Rain-Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems.
    HUGHES, Ted. Rain-Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems.

    London : 1992

    First edition, trade issue, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Dorothy and Ben, with much love, Ted, 28 August 1992," followed by a short poem, "The Royalist / Is afraid / The Queen's a pin / In a hand-grenade," and with a small correction in Hughes's hand to p. 7.

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    £600.00

    Stock Code: 146331

  27. Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being.
    HUGHES, Ted. Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being.

    London : 1992

    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 helped to bring up their... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 125908

  28. Rain-Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems.
    HUGHES, Ted. Rain-Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems.

    London : 1992

    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 were also 250 numbered and... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 125774

  29. The Iron Woman.
    HUGHES, Ted. The Iron Woman.

    London : 1993

    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 literary agent, established... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 125954

  30. Collected Animal Poems.
    HUGHES, Ted. Collected Animal Poems.

    London : 1995

    First collected edition, first impression; signed by the poet on the half-title of volume 1. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 136115

  31. What is the Truth? [Together with:] A March Calf.
    HUGHES, Ted. What is the Truth? [Together with:] A March Calf.

    London : 1995

    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. Hughes was very close to... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 125811

  32. Difficulties of a Bridegroom.
    HUGHES, Ted. Difficulties of a Bridegroom.

    London : 1995

    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 agent, established the Rainbow... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 125857

  33. Tales From Ovid.
    HUGHES, Ted. Tales From Ovid.

    London : 1998

    First edition, signed limited issue, signed by the author; this is the binder's copy, marked "0/5". The signed limited edition consisted of 310 copies, of which 10 were reserved for the author. This work was the winner of the 1997 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 138031

  34. Tales From Ovid.
    HUGHES, Ted. Tales From Ovid.

    London : 1998

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 155 of 300 copies signed by Ted Hughes on the limitation leaf. This work was the winner of the 1997 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 135386

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