Item #40267 Death. Heathcote WILLIAMS.



Original illustrated manuscript, SIGNED and dated by Heathcote Williams (1972).

Broadside sheet of white paper stock, 50.8x35.5cm. Black printed calligrammatic text positioned within a hand-drawn black ink border designed in the form of an old tombstone, with a grey wash background and illustrations of flowers growing up from the soil below.

A black cloth label illustrated with a silver skull bearing the words ‘Ges. Gesch.’, an abbreviation of gesetzlich geschutt, German for “legally protected” or “copyrighted”, has been affixed to the paper just below the small printed title.

The anaphoric poem (each sentence begins with the word “Death”), was first published in the final issue of Oz magazine (November 1973), though in plain text and without an author credit, and the manuscript here was reproduced in facsimile in Williams’s “Manifestoes/ Manifesten”, published by the Cold Turkey Press in 1974 (item #74).

Faint brown staining and spots, esp. to left edge (not affecting image); old central vertical and horizontal folds and light creasing; o/w Very Good.