Two manuscript poems, inscribed: "So Run the Sands Back up the Glass" and "The East is Up".[Los Angeles: 1961 & 1980] Stock Code: 127474
NotesPresentation copies of two original manuscripts, both inscribed by the author to his old friend Douglas Menville, the science fiction and fantasy writer.
"So Run the Sands Back Up the Glass" is a corrected typescript dated 1961, and apparently unpublished, inscribed by the author on the recto, "For Doug, with my friendliest wishes - this original copy of a poem written this day - R.B." Bradbury has titled the 54 line poem, as well as extensively annotating and revising the text, in green ink, with an additional three corrections in pencil. He makes a number of changes, including rewriting four lines and inserting another.
"The East is Up!" is the holographic first draft of the 48 line poem, inscribed by the author a year after publication on the recto: "For Doug Menville at Easter - 1980, this first draft of 'The East is Up!' With good wishes from Ray Bradbury". Accompanying it is an autograph note from Bradbury on his headed paper: "To Doug - thanks for the Coblentz Book! Handsome! - Enclosed, a small return - See you! - Best - Ray B.". The work was published in 1979 in Beyond 1984: A Remembrance of Things Future. The Coblentz reference in the inscription is likely to fellow science fiction author Stanton Coblentz (1896-1982), whose work appeared alongside Bradbury's in Weird Tales magazine.
Douglas Menville (b. 1935) was editor of Forgotten Fantasy magazine and a science fiction anthologist. He and Bradbury appear to have met in the 1950s when Menville worked for the Famous Artist Agency, Bradbury's first media representatives. Bradbury provided the introduction to Menville's Illustrated History of the Science Fiction Film (1977).
Manuscript material from Bradbury is uncommon, with just six other examples appearing at auction.
Together 2 poems and a manuscript note. "So Run the Sands Back Up the Glass": corrected typescript, single sheet (279 x 216 mm), with manuscript corrections in blue ink on both sides, initialled and dated July 6, 1961; "The East is Up!": manuscript in black ink, single sheet (277 x 214 mm) signed and dated 1980; manuscript note on headed paper (Cheviot Drive, Los Angeles, California): single sheet (157 x 152 mm), together with the original envelope (Marina del Rey) with franked stamps, dated 28 March 1980.
Very minor toning to edges of leaves; near-fine condition.
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