Presentation copy to his nephew
Tennant, Stephen ~ My Brother Aquarius : Lengthy Inscriptions By The Author : Loosely Inserted Is A H/W Poem To His Nephew
Nash Publications, Bournemouth : 1961
The sole printing published by Nash Publications, Bournemouth in 1961. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition. The original blue cloth-bound with titles in gilt has a little pushing at the spine ends with light rubbing to the edges and corners. Some light age related markings to the covers in places. Some offsetting to the end papers with toning of the page edges due to the quality of the paper stock used. A few pages have more marked irregular toning to the edges and there is a very thin water stain to the extreme edge of the lower rear end-paper which has offset to the rear paste-down. 62 pages with a coloured frontispiece by Stephen Tennant. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition with a colour design by Tennant, reproducing the frontispiece. Some light wear to the rear wrapper with a 3cm closed tear to the lower front spine fold. The wrapper artwork remains very striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. A nice copy of a cheaply produced book. Stephen Tennant has filled the front and the blank end-papers with H/W inscriptions, quotes and notes eg 'Poetry is always on the brink of a Revelation, a Miracle'. ...' the Rose, - can only duplicate the Rose, But Man has sanctioned a more invidious fate (from a Poem)'....' some ancient exstasy haunts the autumn Rose, a wisdom mulled and brewed from Time's repose (for a new Poem)'. There is also some notes entitled 'Notes for an Essay. The patient genius of Willa Cather. The genesis of her Art'. A title entitled 'On Writing: Critical Studies on Writing as an Art' By Willa Cather was published by Knopf, USA in 1968 and the foreword was written by Stephen Tennant. It well may be that some of these penned notes were incorporated into that foreword. 'My Brother Aquarius' contains 52 poems by Stephen Tennant. The verse looks back in time to past travels, lost romance and pastoral idylls, and has a strong autobiographical element. It was published by a local printer in Bournemouth and Tennant sent the book to friends and fellow writers, including W. H. Auden and Edmund Blunden. The title is derived from a line by Keats - 'Crystalline brother of the belt of Heaven: Aquarius!' (Endymion). The book is dedicated to Barbara Hutton and the preface is written directly to Princess Bibesco. The blurb on the rear wrapper alludes to Lascar, the incomplete novel that Tennant laboured on throughout his life but never published. Loosely laid in is a H/W single page poem dated May 1975 and a quote referencing the poem 'I will be the gladdest thing under the sun' by Edna Millay. At the bottom of the poem, Tennant has written 'For Mark Tennyson'. Mark Aubrey Tennyson, 5th Baron Tennyson DSC was a British peer. He was the great-grandson of poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson and he succeeded his brother as 5th Baron Tennyson in 1991. His mother was the Hon. Clarissa ('Clare') Tennant, the sister of Stephen Tennant. I have not been able to ascertain whether this poem was specifically written for his nephew Mark Tennyson or has been published elsewhere. A very unique presentation copy with such attributes.
CONDITION: Very Good++
JACKET: Very Good++