Lupercal - Ted Hughes 1960 - Faber and Faber, London - First Edition ‘I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed.
Inaction, no falsifying dream
Between my hooked head and hooked feet:
Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat.’

Ted Hughes’ acclaimed second volume of poetry, and that which sealed his reputation as a major poet of the 20th century. This collection, dedicated to ‘Sylvia’, features many of his most popular evocations of woodland animals, including ‘
Pike’, ‘Hawk Roosting’, and ‘Lupercalia’.

One of 2,250 copies.
  Ted Hughes was born in Yorkshire in 1930. His first collection of poetry, The Hawk in the Rain was published in 1957, and immediately secured his position as a poet of international stature. It was followed by numerous volumes of poetry and prose for both adults and children. Though now recognized as one of the finest poets of the 20th century, Hughes’ reputation was perhaps unfairly blackened by the suicide of his first wife, poet Sylvia Plath in 1963, and his unpopular decisions regarding Plath’s writings, which he had control of after her death. In 1998 Hughes released Birthday Letters, a collection of poems and prose that intimately portrayed Plath and their marriage; his desire to break his silence surrounding Plath’s death at this time was greatly welcomed. Hughes was appointed Poet Laureate in 1984, a post he held until his death in 1998.

Poetry Foundation, web. Faber & Faber, web. Ted Hughes Society Journal, web. Sagar & Tabor, Ted Hughes: A Bibliography 1946-1995 A3. Poetry Archive, web.

Octavo, pp. 63 [1]. In publisher’s purple cloth boards, spine titled in gilt, dust jacket priced at 12s 6d net to front flap, minute repairs to corners (1mm) and spine ends (2-3mm).
  Condition: Near fine, very light spotting, and browning to endpapers, in near fine dust jacket with minute repairs to corners (1mm) and spine ends (2-3mm).   Ref: 107102   Price: HK$ 2,300