Haydon: An Artist's Life (First Hardcover & Softcover Editions) with: Ephemera. Robert Peters.
Haydon: An Artist's Life (First Hardcover & Softcover Editions) with: Ephemera
Haydon: An Artist's Life (First Hardcover & Softcover Editions) with: Ephemera
Haydon: An Artist's Life (First Hardcover & Softcover Editions) with: Ephemera
Haydon: An Artist's Life (First Hardcover & Softcover Editions) with: Ephemera
Haydon: An Artist's Life (First Hardcover & Softcover Editions) with: Ephemera

Haydon: An Artist's Life (First Hardcover & Softcover Editions) with: Ephemera

ISBN: 0877752192;0877752
Greensboro, NC: Unicorn Press, Inc., 1989. First Editions. Hardcover; Softcover. "Haydon, the historical painter, teacher, and writer, studied under Henry Fuseli, and was a friend of Keats, Hazlitt, Wordsworth, Lamb, the Carlyles, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Because of quarrels with leading Academicians, his ambitious works were seldom exhibited at the Royal Academy. His devotion to the highest ideals for his art led him into stark poverty. On four occasions he was humiliated and imprisoned for debt. The following poems are based in part on his superb Autobiography (1847)." (from author's Introduction) A volume of poems by Robert Peters (1924-2014), the great American poet, playwright & educator; inspired by the life & work of Benjamin Robert Haydon (1776-1846). Peters immersed himself in the original paintings, diaries & autobiographical writings of Haydon, & the poems are presented in their subject's voice. We offer the first hardcover & trade-format, sewn-bound softcover editions of this work, published simultaneously during 1989. With photograph of Haydon's "death mask" (though it is noted as from c. 1820 & appears youthful, so probably a life mask) on dust jacket & front cover of both editions; & frontispiece reproductions of drawings of John Keats by Haydon (1816). In the hardcover edition are two important pieces of ephemera, left where we found them between inner front cover & outer front endpaper: (1) A hand-written letter dated January 10, 1989 from James Perrizo to the publisher asking for notification when this & another Peters volume would be published, returned by publisher's director Alan Brilliant with his notations explaining when these books would be issued, the prices for both editions, etc. Perrizo (1944-2006) was a major Beat-&-Beyond collector & scholar who was a friend & correspondent with Peters. Folded horizontally into publisher's mailing envelope. (2) A hand-written postcard dated August 21, 1989 from Brilliant to Perrizo, explaining the status of this book & discussing other items in Perrizo's collections. With the poem "Please Write: Don't Phone" by Robert Watson on recto. Both original editions of an important work in the Peters canon, enriched by significant ephemera & provenance. Hardcover book in very fine condition, substantially as new inside & out. Unclipped dust jacket in very fine condition with only very slight rubbing & scratching to front, back covers & spine; very minor wear & a few miniscule bumps, chips at edges & corners of same. Softcover in very fine condition with only mild rubbing to front, back covers & spine; tiny amount of wear & a few short, faint creases at edges & esp. corners of same. Interior very fine with only small bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Ephemera in fine condition with only usual slight wear & damage to jostled, opened mailing envelope; slight browning of same; letter in near-perfect condition. Postcard with two lines of faint spotting on recto; slight browning at mostly blank margins of both sides; minor wear & a few small creases & bumps at edges & corners. Very Fine; Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #3238]

Price: $45.00

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