VeryScarce Signed Title
M’Diarmid, Hugh ~ Sangschaw (Signed By The Author : With A Signed Photo And A H/W Signed Letter To George Malcolm Thomson : Association Copy – Thomson’s Personal Copy)
William Blackwood And Sons : 1925
The First UK Printing published by William Blackwood And Sons in 1925. Correct First issue with dark blue cloth and gilt titling. The BOOK is in Very Good+ condition. Some pushing at the spine ends with a nick and some separation of the cloth at the upper spine end. A few light rubbed areas. Gilt titling remains very bright. Some toning to the text-block and page edges. 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 upper spine. The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been Signed By the Author to the front blank endpaper; C.M.Grieve ('Hugh M'Diarmid'). Accompanied by a H/W and signed letter from the author to George Malcolm Thomson dated 2/1/54. Thomson has also signed his name to the front blank endpaper indicating that this book was his personal copy. George Malcolm Thomson was 'a crusading journalist, literary publisher, novelist and playwright and was the epitome of a thrusting new class of Scottish intellectuals who emerged out of the ruins of the Great War. In the 1930s, he earned the sobriquet of being Scotland’s “best-hated man” while still only 28. M'Diarmid and Thomson were to clash over the formation of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 1934 from a merger of MacDiarmid’s separatist National Party of Scotland (NPS) and the right-wing Scottish Party (SP), in which Thomson played a central (if shadowy) role.' (Kerevan). 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 loose 16 x 12cm B/W portrait study photograph of Hugh M'Diarmid also accompanies the above. This striking photograph is by Andrew Paterson and is in Very Good+ condition. Andrew Paterson was an Inverness-born photographer who became an internationally renowned, multi-award winning portrait photographer whose services were sought over several decades by many leading political and commercial figures of the day. The photograph has the name C M Grieve, 'Hugh M'Diarmid' in pencil and in green ink ' ? name, Portrait study by Andrew Paterson, Inverness' to the verso. The green ink inscription has been verified as the hand of Andrew Paterson and it is likely that the pencilled name is the hand of Hugh M'Diarmid. Accompanied by a loose ticket to mark the 70th birthday of Hugh M'Diarmid from the Edinburgh City Committee Communist party. A wonderful signed association copy of the author's first poetry collection accompanied by scarce ephemera. Scarce with such attributes.
CONDITION: Very Good+
JACKET: Very Good++