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RIVER

RIVER

HUGHES, Ted; photographs by KEEN, Peter First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to the poet and Arvon Foundation founder John Moat and his wife Antoinette. Publisher's original pictorial card covers. Illustrated with colour photographs by Peter Keen throughout. An excellent better than very good copy, the binding square and firm showing only light rubbing to the extremities. The contents with the author's presentation inscription to the half title and a single word emendation in black ink to page 106 are otherwise clean throughout. A notable association copy. Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the half title "Dainty Pictures and verses / in waders / Polish and muddy the river / that made us / For Antoinette and John / with love / from Ted / 23 Sept 1983". John Moat, together with fellow poet John Fairfax founded The Arvon Foundation in 1968. Both men were friends of Ted Hughes but, as Hughes remembered later, when Moat first outlined his plan for an innovative programme to encourage young people to write, he "more or less told him outright" that he thought the scheme unworkable. Luckily, the two went ahead with their plans and Hughes's expectations were completely changed after he was invited to read some verse to the first group of students on the final evening of their course. What he discovered there, he wrote, was that "something extraordinary had happened" and the "voltage of new-found imagination and eloquence and originality in those students' pages seemed like an explosion". He was surprised and immensely moved. From then on, Hughes supported the Arvon Foundation in every way he could. (Ann Skea: Ted Hughes and The Arden Foundation, 2016). Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.
REMAINS OF ELMET: a Pennine Sequence.

REMAINS OF ELMET: a Pennine Sequence.

HUGHES, Ted; photographs by GODWIN, Fay First edition, first printing. Inscribed presentation copy from the author to the poet and Arvon Foundation founder John Moat and his wife Antoinette. Publisher's original pictorial card covers. Illustrated with black and white photographs by Fay Godwin throughout. An excellent better than very good copy, the binding square and firm showing only light rubbing to the extremities. The contents with the author's presentation inscription to the half title, ten lines of verse added to one of the poems, and an autograph emendation on page 89, are otherwise clean throughout. A notable association copy. Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the half title "For Annie and John / with much love / from Ted / June 1979 / Fat mackerel and lovely girls the sweet South / brings forth / Knaves and foul weather come out of the North". On page 60 underneath the printed text of Grouse-Butts Hughes has added a further 10 lines in blue ink. John Moat, together with fellow poet John Fairfax founded The Arvon Foundation in 1968. Both men were friends of Ted Hughes but, as Hughes remembered later, when Moat first outlined his plan for an innovative programme to encourage young people to write, he "more or less told him outright" that he thought the scheme unworkable. Luckily, the two went ahead with their plans and Hughes's expectations were completely changed after he was invited to read some verse to the first group of students on the final evening of their course. What he discovered there, he wrote, was that "something extraordinary had happened" and the "voltage of new-found imagination and eloquence and originality in those students' pages seemed like an explosion". He was surprised and immensely moved. From then on, Hughes supported the Arvon Foundation in every way he could. (Ann Skea: Ted Hughes and The Arden Foundation, 2016). Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.
TALKING TO WOMEN

TALKING TO WOMEN

DUNN, Nell; [O'BRIEN, Edna; BOTY, Pauline; QUIN, Ann] First edition, first impression. Publisher's original dark blue cloth with gilt titles. In dustwrapper. Illustrated with eight photographic portrait plates of the interviewees. A better than very good copy, the binding square and tight, with some spotting to the top edge of the text block. The contents are clean throughout and free of previous owners' inscriptions or stamps. In the very good dustwrapper, which is a little toned and slightly rubbed to the extremities. Not Price clipped (21s net to the lower front flap). This groundbreaking title comprises of informal, intimate interviews conducted by Dunn over a bottle of wine with nine of her friends, including Edna O'Brien, Pauline Boty, and Ann Quin. These young women discuss the varied and often conflicting experiences and demands of being a woman, not infrequently touching on the dark, controversial, and anarchic, such as suicidal thoughts (tragically, two of the women would be dead by their own hand within a decade) and personal experiences of abortion, which was not made legal until several years later. The interviews are linked by an overarching desire and struggle to have a voice - to talk - a subject which was raw, fraught, and barely breached in the 1960s and is still deeply relevant and poignant today. After more than forty years out of print it was reissued by the feminist publisher Silver Press in 2018. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.
RED STAR OVER CHINA

RED STAR OVER CHINA

SNOW, Edgar First Left Book Club edition, published simultaneously with the first edition. Original orange limp cloth binding with titles in black to the spine and front cover. Illustrated with 16 photographic plates and 1 map. A very good copy, the binding firm with a little wear to the extremities and occasional marking to the covers. The contents with a little spotting to the text block edge, a little foxing to the edges of the plates, and very slight water marking to the top edge of some pages (particularly to the back pastedown), are otherwise clean throughout. Snow's famous account of the Communist Party of China, written whilst it was still a guerrilla army, little understood by Westerners. In it, Snow recounts the months that he spent with the Chinese Red Army in 1936, using his extensive interviews with Mao and other top leaders to present a detailed, evocative narrative of the Long March, as well as biographical accounts of leaders on both sides of the conflicts, including Zhou Enlai, Peng Dehuai, Lin Biao, and He Long. Notably, it also provided Mao Zedong's own account of his life, offering one of the most valuable sources in understanding Mao's early years, as well as his own self-image. At the time Snow's work was highly influential in shaping Western understanding of China, and also in increasing Western sympathy for Mao's China. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.