M’Diarmid, Hugh ~ Sangschaw (Inscribed And Signed By The Author To The Poet Maurice Lindsay)
William Blackwood And Sons : 1925
First Edition published by William Blackwood And Sons in 1925. First issue with dark blue cloth and gilt titling. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. Some light pushing at the spine ends. Some toning to the text-block with some spotting to the prelims and endpapers. Occasional light spot to the pages in places. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ or better condition. Toning to the edges, folds and the spine. Light creasing and mild edge-wear at the spine ends with a little loss. Light archival tape repairs to the spine folds on the verso. The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been Inscribed and Signed By the Author to the front blank endpaper: 'Signed with pleasure and warmest regards for my friend, fellow poet and fellow scot, Maurice Lindsay, Hugh M'Diarmid, 14/9/74'. With Maurice Lindsay's bookplate to the front pastedown and his signature in green ink to the front end-paper. The recipient Maurice Lindsay was a Scottish broadcaster, writer and poet. He became a radio broadcaster, also editing the 1946 'Anthology Modern Scottish Poetry', and writing music criticism. He later became Programme Controller at Border Television. Hugh MacDiarmid (C.M. Grieve) was Scotland’s most influential and controversial writer in the 20th century. He urged and enabled the regeneration of all aspects of Scotland’s literature and culture through his poetry, polemical writing and political activity. 'A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle' (1926) is generally regarded as Scotland’s masterpiece of Modernism. 'He started writing in Scots, using words and phrases he knew from boyhood and acquired from reading in dictionaries and works of Scottish literature from earlier eras. The poems of Sangschaw (1925), Penny Wheep (1926) and A Drunk Man Looks At The Thistle (1926) were shocking, adult, wry, rebarbative, difficult, piercingly sweet, unsentimental and brutal. They established a new dispensation for Scottish literature, and modernist lusts: for the body and the sexually explicit cognate with Joyce and Lawrence; for the local and demotic, cognate with William Carlos Williams; for the difficult, cognate with Eliot; for the vatic and austere, cognate with Yeats and Pound; for the intellectually demanding, cognate with Stevens and Valéry; but uniquely in the Scottish context, reclaiming a literary history that had fallen into neglect and obfuscation. Forget about Burns, he advised, go back to Dunbar and Henryson, recover and reclaim a national tradition that goes back through millennia.' (Scottish Poetry Library). A wonderful signed association copy of the author's first poetry collection and scarce with such attributes.
CONDITION: Near Fine
JACKET: Very Good++