Night Drive.Bow, Crediton: Richard Gilbertson, 1970 Stock Code: 141969
NotesFirst edition, sole impression, number 38 of 100 copies printed, and one of 55 with a poem inscribed in full in the author's manuscript facing the half-title (in this case the mildly erotic poem "Undine"), each signed and dated on the colophon.
Night Drive was published as part of Gilbertson's Manuscript Series, which also produced similar editions for poets such as Ted Hughes, Kathleen Raine, Tom Gunn, George Mackay Brown, and Peter Redgrove, though Heaney's Night Drive is today the most coveted.
The first three copies had all the poems in manuscript and were unbound, copies 4 to 55 were bound as here in "simulated pony-skin", with copies 4 to 20 to contain "The Dream" in manuscript, 21 to 30 to have "Night Drive", and 31 to 55 containing one of the other twelve poems, in this case "Undine" which first appeared in Door into the Dark (1969).
Octavo. original green card wrappers stamped as "simulated pony-skin", sewn at the fold, titles gilt to front.
A fine copy.
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