Twelve Poems.Woodford Green, Essex, printed by Alan Tarling for Poet & Printer, 1971 Stock Code: 125129
NotesFirst 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 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 had in fact numbered and signed his copies on the title page verso, but later apparently overlooked that he had done this and signed what were presumably his remaining copies from 1 to 88 on the front endpapers. The vice versa order of events is also possible.
Small octavo. Original vellum-backed patterned boards, spine and front board lettered in black.
A fine copy.
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