Remains of Elmet.

A Pennine Sequence. Photographs by Fay Godwin.

London: Faber & Faber, 1979 Stock Code: 135038
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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 through his sister, Olwyn, whom Csokits met while living in Paris between 1950 and 1963. Ted Hughes and Csokitz then engaged in a regular correspondence in preparation for a Hungarian issue of Hughes's poetry journal Modern Poetry in Translation. While that volume never came to fruition in the late 60s Hughes embarked on a new project translating the poems of Pilinszky, a Catholic existentialist poet. Csokits moved to London in 1974 with the specific aim of finalising the Pilinszky project with Hughes, which Carcanet New Press brought out as Selected Poems in 1976. For many years Csokits lived in London where he worked for the BBC Hungarian service, moving back to Hungary in 1989.

As in other presentation copies of this work Hughes has completed in holograph the poem "Grouse-Butts" (p. 60), his bibliographers noting that these closing 10 lines (beginning "I see a hill beyond a hill beyond a hill/ cries the hen-bird, with imperious eyes") were inadvertently omitted here "owing to a printer's error". The poem was originally published in full in the New Statesman on 17 Feb. 1978. Hughes has also provided in manuscript a small textual correction to page 89, changing the word "the" to "their".

In Remains of Elmet Hughes, "responding to Fay Godwin's photographs, returned to his roots and evoked the spirit of the Calder valley" (ODNB). This work was also issued in wrappers; the wrappered and cloth issues published simultaneously on 21 May 1979, just under a month before the present inscription.

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Quarto. Original grey cloth-backed boards, black paper to sides, spine lettered in black. With the photographic dust jacket.


Black and white photographs by Godwin in the text.


Very slight rubbing to bottom edge of boards; a near-fine copy in the jacket with a little creasing to edges.


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