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Ted Hughes: Selected Limited Editions

Note:

This is not a complete list. Rather, I will add to this as time permits. For the time being I've included some of the most important Limited Editions. The list is chronological by year.  

Publications intended or suitable for children
have been marked with a small icon For Children.

 

The Sixties: 

1966

Recklings.
Limited edition.
London: Turret Books, 1966.
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

Poems from the period between around 1962 and 1967. See also Wodwo.

 

The Burning of the Brothel.
Limited edition.
London: Turret Books, 1966.
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

 

1967

Scapegoats and Rabies.
Limited edition.
London: Poet and Printer, 1967.
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

   

 

The Seventies:

1970

Four Crow Poems.
Illustrated by R.J. Lloyd.
Limited edition.
Privately printed, 1970.
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

Includes

  • »That Moment«,
  • »King of Carrion«,
  • »Crow and the Birds« and
  • »Crow's Last Stand«.
 

A Few Crows.
Limited edition.
Illustrated by R. Burger.
Exeter: Rougemont Press, 1970.
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

 

A Crow Hymn.
Limited edition.
Knotting: Sceptre Press, 1970. 
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

 

1971

Eat Crow.
Limited edition.
London: Rainbow Press, 1971. 

 

Shakespeare's Poem.
Limited edition.
London: Lexham Press, 1971. 

The Crow poem »Crow's Song about Prospero and Sycorax« (= »Life is Trying to be Life« in Moortown) and an essay from A Choice of Shakespeare's Verse.  

 

Crow Wakes.
Limited edition.
Woodford Green, Essex: Poet & Printer, 1971.
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

 

1972

In the Little Girl's Angle Gaze.
Illustrated by Ralph Steadman.
Limited edition.
London: Steam Press, 1972. 
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

(A Crow poem.)

 

1973   

Prometheus on His Crag.
Limited edition.
London: Rainbow Press, 1973. 
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

Poems which grew out of Hughes's work on the »Prometheus«-Theme during his collaboration with Peter Brook for the Orghast performance.

Most poems from the sequence, though with several alterations, appeared later in Moortown. <

 

Crow. From the Life and the Songs of the Crow.
Limited edition.
Illustrated by Leonard Baskin.
London: Faber & Faber, 1973.
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

This edition has several full page re-prints of original Leonard Baskin illustrations.

See also the trade edition of Crow.

 

1974

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. For Children
Limited edition.
London: Rainbow Press, 1974.
Contents »
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

Season Songs a trade version of this book.

 

1975

Cave Birds:
An Alchemical Cave Drama.

Limited edition.
Illustrated by Leonard Baskin.
London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Contents »
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

This edition contains only 10 poems. 

See also the trade edition of Cave Birds.
See also Collected Poems.

 

1976   

Earth-Moon. For Children
Limited edition.
Illustrated by Ted Hughes.
London: Rainbow Press 1976.
 

 

1978  

Moortown Elegies.
Limited edition.
London: Rainbow Press, 1978. 
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

This collects the "farming poems" in memory of to Jack Orchard.

See also Moortown and Moortown Diary, and Collected Poems.

 

Orts.
Limited edition.
London: Rainbow Press, 1978. 
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

 

1979

The Threshold.
Limited edition.
Illustrated by Ralph Steadman.
London: Steam Press, 1979.

A Story.

 

Four Tales Told by an Idiot.
Limited edition.  
Knotting: Sceptre Press, 1979.
Reprinted in Collected Poems.
 

 

The Eighties:

1987

The Cat and the Cuckoo. For Children
Limited edition.
Illustrated by R.J. Lloyd.
Bideford, Devon: Sunstone Press, 1987. 

A very pretty little book. The poems have been re-published with different illustrations in a trade edition.

 

1989  

A Primer of Birds: Poems.

Limited edition.  
Illustrated by Leonard Baskin.
Northampton, Mass.: Gehenna Press, 1989. 
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

 

The Nineties:

1990  

Capriccio.
Limited edition.
Illustrated by Leonard Baskin.
Northampton, Mass.: Gehenna Press, 1990.
Reprinted in Collected Poems.

Twenty poems, eight of which later appear in the New Selected Poems.

 

1993  

The Mermaid's Purse. For Children
Limited edition.
Illustrated by R.J. Lloyd.
Bideford, Devon: Sunstone Press, 1993. 

A beautiful edition! The poems were later reprinted in a trade edition. This 1999 edition drops the poem »Gull« (»What yanks upward your line of sight…«) and replaces it with an early Hughes poem »Gulls« (»Gulls are glanced from the cliff...«).

For more information on this see the trade edition of The Mermaids Purse.

 

1998  

Howls and Whispers.
Limited edition.
Illustrated by Leonard Baskin. Northampton, Mass.:
Gehenna Press, 1998.
Reprinted in Collected Poems.
For a Table of Contents see Birthday Letters in the bibliography.

Eleven poems not included in Birthday Letters.

 

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