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[AUDEN, W.H.] SPENDER, Stephen

A Memorial Address By Stephen Spender

London: Faber, 1973

8vo, pp. 10. Original cream stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black to front panel. Compliments slip laid in. Just a little rubbed, old glue mark to inside of front wrapper and reverse of compliments slip, otherwise a near fine copy.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY THE PRINTER BERNARD ROBERTS TO POET AND NOVELIST RUTHVEN TODD: 'Ruthven Todd from Bernard Roberts January 1974'. WITH A COMPLIMENTARY SLIP LAID IN, ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED: 'This is a nasty shape (not designed by me!) but the matter of it may be of interest. BP'.

Offprint of the memorial address given by Stephen Spender at a service in commemoration of W.H. Auden held at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford on 27 October 1973. It was privately printed by the John Roberts Press, London, for Faber, Auden's publisher. Bernard Roberts joined the family business after a career in the RAF, and transformed it from a high street shop into a top-end artisan's imprint. The press suffered in the face of the technological revolution of the 1970s, and closed in 1982.

Keywords: Stephen SPENDER W.H. AUDEN Ruthven TODD"

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