A BROKEN ENGAGEMENT. Author's holograph manuscript. Ian Hamilton FINLAY.
A BROKEN ENGAGEMENT. Author's holograph manuscript.
A BROKEN ENGAGEMENT. Author's holograph manuscript.
A BROKEN ENGAGEMENT. Author's holograph manuscript.
A BROKEN ENGAGEMENT. Author's holograph manuscript.
A BROKEN ENGAGEMENT. Author's holograph manuscript.

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A BROKEN ENGAGEMENT. Author's holograph manuscript.

Six foolscap sheets of lined yellow paper, rectos only. Blue ink, signed, and with an additional drawing by Finlay on the last page. The short story concerns Peggy, the maid employed by Finlay's family when he was a young boy, in particular his nostalgic memories of her drawing faces for him, and of the regular visits from her fiancé which culminated in the ending of their engagement. It was originally published in the Glasgow Herald and subsequently collected in the author's first book, 'The Sea-Bed and Other Stories' (1958), later reprinted in 'Ian Hamilton Finlay: A Visual Primer' (item #47). The manuscript's origins are unclear, but it seems plausible that it was sent to his friend, Fred Hunter, sometime in the early-mid '60s in return for financial assistance for the perennially underfunded Wild Hawthorn Press. Near Fine.

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