Wodwo.London: Faber and Faber, 1967 Stock Code: 125852
Presentation copy to his sisterFirst edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with love from Ted 21st April 1967". The inscription preceded the publication of the book, on 18 May 1967, by a month. Sagor and Tabor cite another copy inscribed to Hughes's brother Gerald on 27 April. 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. Hughes described this work, a collection of poems, short stories and a radio play, "as a single adventure, 'a descent into destruction'" (cited in ODNB).
Octavo. Original red quarter cloth, spine lettered in gilt, grey cloth sides. With dust jacket.
A very good copy in the dust jacket, spine panel faded, rear cover very slightly soiled, tiny chips at extremities.
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