Twelve Poems.Woodford Green, Essex, printed by Alan Tarling for Poet & Printer, 1971 Stock Code: 117814
NotesFirst edition, first printing, one of the scarce 100 copies retained by the poet, which seldom come to market, this copy signed and numbered by Hughes not once but twice. The title page verso is signed "No 26 Ted Hughes" the front free endpaper is signed and numbered "Ted Hughes 44/88". The printer Alan Tarling informed the bibliographers Sagar and Tabor that "These poems were excluded for personal reasons from Hughes's Crow opus...There were 200, a hundred each going to poet and printer plus 30 review or academic copies. None of mine was signed and each cost 2.25, though I gave some to friends and relatives. All the 'academic' copies were gratis, and said as much in an extra colophon... I don't know how TH's copies were distributed or whether or not they were signed." Hughes in fact numbered and signed all his copies on the title page verso from one to 100, but later apparently forgot that he had done this and signed what were presumably his remaining copies from one to 88 on the front endpapers.
Small octavo. Original vellum-backed patterned boards, titles to spine and front in black.
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