Rain-Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems.London: Faber and Faber, 1992 Stock Code: 125774
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 signed copies for general sale, issued in a different binding of black cloth-backed purple boards. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, Olwyn's niece and daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such.
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 fine press editions of his works, and remained devoted to him her entire life.
Quarto. Original dark blue cloth-backed pale blue boards, spine lettered in gilt, pale green speckled endpapers. Housed in the original speckled cream card slipcase.
A fine copy.
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