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Hawthorn and Lavender: Songs and Madrigals

 
Hawthorn and Lavender: Songs and Madrigals by HENLEY W E [Henry Head] (1899)

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Author: HENLEY W E [Henry Head]
Title: Hawthorn and Lavender: Songs and Madrigals [inscribed and corrected]
 
Year: 1899
Publisher: William Heinemann
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
 
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One of two known copies of the August 1899 state of these corrected proof sheets found here in a presentation binding by the Guild of Women’s Binders - together with albumen photographs of W E Henley tipped in.

Superb signed binding by the ‘Guild of Women’s Binders’, a beautiful art nouveau design of twelve bent-stemmed flowers, perhaps poppies, to both covers and the title in gilt to the spine. Rubbing to extremities and discolouration to the calf around the edges of the boards, probably sunning. Binding signed on the turn-in at the tail of the front pastedown. Above is the armorial bookplate of the recipient of the book from Henley, Henry Head, and opposite a twentieth century bookplate of R.G.E. Sandbach. Green marbled endpapers, offsetting from turn ins, and faded with some cracking along the inner hinge. On the title page is inscribed ‘Working - W.E.H. to Henry Head. 15/11/99’. This single fascicle has come loose from the binding with a couple of separately detached leaves and two tape repairs along the gutter of internal leaves. There is a single manuscript correction to poem VII, changing the final word of the first stanza to ‘spilt’ in Henley’s hand. Two albumen photographs of Henley in middle age have been mounted opposite the title page. The text comprises an undated drop-head title followed by ‘Envoy’ printed on the verso and 24 poems, concluding with the date.

In common with the example in the Mark Samuels Lasner copy at Delaware this state of the proofs is not dated on the verso of the title page and has no reference to ‘February-July 1899’ on the verso of the title page but instead ‘February-August, 1899’ printed at the end of the final poem, XXIV. It would seem, therefore, to represent a second phase of proof production which is distinct from the more common July version which exists in half a dozen copies. This example was presumably also printed by Heinemann though the publisher is not mentioned in this state and this copy has been bound as a special presentation copy and given to Henley’s friend the neurologist Henry Head. Henley clearly specifies this as a ‘working’ copy in his presentation note and therefore regarded it as a preliminary draft still.

This state of the proofs is not dated on the verso of the title page and has no reference to ‘February-July 1899’ on the verso of the title page but instead ‘February-August, 1899’ printed at the end of the final poem, XXIV. It would seem, therefore, to represent a second phase of proof production, again presumably printed by Heinemann though the publisher is not mentioned in this state and bound here as a special presentation copy and given to Henley’s friend the neurologist Henry Head. Henley clearly specifies this as a ‘working’ copy in his presentation note and therefore regarded it as a preliminary draft still. This presentation copy precedes by a month Henley's presentation copy to Austin Dobson. Only a full textual comparison will reveal how much this state of the text varies from what came before and after in the printed first edition.
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