Verses.Alderney : 1962 Stock Code: 35075
NotesFirst edition, sole printing, number 4 of 100 copies only, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his friend Harry Griffiths, and additionally inscribed with an unpublished holograph poem. The presentation inscription to the verso of the title page reads: "Harry Griffiths heart and arrow device Tim White". White has also written out an unpublished 16-line poem on a rear blank, the title a reflection of Blake - "Did He Who Made the Lamb Make Thee? (Yes.)" The poem itself is a meditation on the craven injustice of societies based on a punitive religious code, in which, for "tiger-convict, crooked hangman, / frigging judge and fiery bishop... each of you procures the other. / Tiger bite and bishop bless. / In the jungle, twin to brother, / Howl your hymns of happiness".
Octavo. Original japon-backed red boards, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt others untrimmed, marbled endpapers. With the unprinted acetate dust jacket.
Frontispiece portrait of the author.
An excellent copy in the battered acetate.
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