Item #40140 Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”. Ian Hamilton FINLAY.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.
Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.

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Manuscript for an unpublished collection titled “Whistling in the Dark: Poems of 1961”.

Fourteen holograph pages, rectos only, including SIGNED title sheet. Blue ink on textured thin Japanese paper. Each sheet measures 28x21.8cm. The title page bears a quotation from Giosuè Carducci, both in the original Italian and Finlay’s translation. Each sheet has been either initialled or signed by Finlay, and where applicable its periodical appearance noted (Origin, New Saltire, TLS, POTH, Fish-Sheet, etc.).

Due to a lack of funds the collection was never published, though by 1963 Finlay hadn’t given up hope (see item #139), and one of the manuscript pages is a poem dated from that year (love's). The other poems are: A Night For The Pictures; Snow (by Tatsuji Miyoshi); Poem: a little Horse….; The Tug (for Maurice de Vlaminck); Scene; The One-Horse Town; My Little Beat Mill In The West; Lucy's Wee Brother; On a Wee Boy Drowned; Time Passes; The Pond of Oo Farm (Orkney); and No Thank You, I Can't Come (three of these - Snow, Scene, and The One-Horse Town - were included in the Fulcrum Press edition of “The Dancers Inherit the Party'” [1969]).

The manuscript’s origins are unclear, but it seems likely that it was either sold or given to Fred Hunter in return for financial assistance sometime in the early-mid ‘60s.

Near Fine (unfolded).

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