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Anathemata [Inscribed & Corrected by David Jones]

Anathemata [Inscribed & Corrected by David Jones] by JONES David [Winifred Sherwood] (1952)

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Author: JONES David [Winifred Sherwood]
Title: Anathemata [Inscribed and Annotated by David Jones]
Year: 1952
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Place: London
Dust Jacket: Yes
Signed: Yes
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Inscribed presentation copy from David Jones with around 70 annotations to the text made in the author's hand. First edition from 1952, originally perhaps the author's own copy, inscribed by Jones on the first blank as a gift: 'Winifred Sherwood's copy. The corrections in this copy are those made up to 1957. There may be others not yet listed, David Jones 21st August '57 Harrow on the Hill'; laid in is a vintage photograph of the bespectacled artist in middle age. Jones' corrections to the text begin with the list of illustrations and continue throughout the printed work. There are two corrections to printed dates of the book's illustrations and a further three to his Preface which includes an emendation to one Latin word, one English and the name of 'T.N. McMullen' on page 39 which he changes to 'R.T. McMullen'. Writing in brown ink Jones makes dozens of minor changes usually in the text and accompanied by further editorial instructions to the margin. Thus 'hermera' (page 63) has the 'r' struck out in the text with an omission symbol in the margin next to 'r'. Given the intensity of cross-linguistic influence to Jones' poem it is no surprise to find many of the alterations involving corrections to words borrowed from languages ancient and modern as well as the occasional insertion of accents. So, on page 73 'Ffraid Sant's' is emended in the text to 'Ffraid Sante's' with a further emendation to the accompanying footnote - Jones' manuscript in square brackets: 'ffraid rhymes with bride and sant[es] with aunt [ess]'. Sometimes there is evidence of additional research on the author's part as in his addition to a footnote on page 114 where he clarifies and expands his reference to 'Collingwood's dispatch to the Admiralty'. In his one change to an illustration, Jones signs and dates 'He frees the waters David Jones '31' in pencil below the woodcut printed opposite page 213 - he also corrected its date in the list of illustrations. Given the weight of correction and emendation Jones must have lived with this copy over some considerable time, presumably since the book's publication in 1952. The book is in very good condition in a good jacket with a little loss at the head of the spine, old tape reinforcement to verso of jacket at the tail of the spine. Jones lodged at the house of a Harrow schoolmaster after the war but we have not been able to uncover anything about the recipient of this gift, Winifred Sherwood. The manuscripts of this vastly complicated work are held at the National Library of Wales - it's not clear whether there exist other corrected examples of Jones' second great literary work, published fifteen years after his Great War memoir, In Parenthesis.
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