London: The Rainbow Press, 1979. First Edition. Original wrappers. Quarto, original printed hand-made paper wrappers, French-folded, sewn at spine. Designed, hand-set and printed in 18pt Palatino by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge, on Zerkall mould-made paper. 16 pp., tipped-in frontispiece portrait of Williamson by Bill Thompson. 200 copies printed, of which 125 were for sale, this being copy No. 43. SIGNED BY TED HUGHES. Prospectus and small obituary of Wiliamson loosely laid in. A fine copy. Fine. Item #311351
¶ Henry Williamson was an acknowledged influence on Ted Hughes' poetry, although Hughes was never a follower of Williamson's politics. The Obituary reads" "Henry Williamson, 81, the author of Tarka the Otter and Salar the Salmon has died at a Berkshire nursing home. Mr. Williamson, an introspective author, wrote prolifically about his First World War experiences and rural life in Norfolk and Devon. An admirer of Hitler, his life was often affected by narrow vision, fanaticism and self-absorbance. He wrote two semi-autobiographical works, The Flax of Dream and A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, but his books on nature made him famous."