239. THE CORONATION. Four Paged Typescript Poem. "The Coronation". [N.p., n.d.]. [Unpublished?]. Accompanied by an incomplete earlier version, Two Pages, titled "The Watchers", corrected in Dunsany's hand.
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Four Paged Typescript Poem. "The Coronation". [N.p., n.d.]. [Unpublished?]. Poem beginning with: "If there be any spirits in this world, / If any ever wandered through our air / To peer at swords long sheathed and colours furled..." Four typed pages attached at upper left corner with a small staple. Pages toned and creased, edge wear, small edge tears with chips, corner bends, and occasional unobtrusive stains. Typescript, presumably by Dunsany, of a long poem written by him for the Coronaton of Queen Elizabeth II (June, 1953). Accompanied by an earlier, incomplete version of the poem, titled "The Watchers" (and retitled in Dunsany's hand to "The Coronation" two leaves, corrections in Dunsany's hand on the second leaf (these corrections incorporated into the complete typescript above). Excelsior Manifold paper and folded horizontally, pages are not attached, have fold and edge wear, corner bends, creases, tears with minor paper loss not affecting text, stains in the upper margins. Pages somewhat fragile and in fair condition. The two typescripts offered together. Any original manuscript material by Dunsany is extremely scarce, a Typescript of an unpublished poem is highly desirable.
¶ On the evening of May 14, 1953, a few friends were invited to meet Lord Dunsany at the Berkeley home of Joseph Rous Paget-Fredericks. This poem was read aloud by Dunsany at that meeting, this is the typescript. Provenance: The Franklin Spellman Collection of Lord Dunsany.