Preludes and other Poems

By: Hurd, James

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Autograph; 63 pages; Publisher's green cloth, front cover lettered in gilt. Edges somewhat sun-struck, spine very slightly so. Pale green dust jacket, printed in red and black. Two short closed tears running down from the top edge to the front panel, another at the rear -- spine slightly sunned. Inscribed by the author in ink on the front free endpaper: "For Phyzzie & Cian - / while taking in tides / of seaweed & green mint. / - with our best wishes, / [signed] Jim / 18 - V - 57." There is one ink note in the text, written in the same handwriting. This is a single line on page 51 under the title: "A Personal Recollection (For Robert Urquhart Duggan) -- the note in ink MS reads: "(SPS 1935-40)" ["SPS" in the author's note refers to St. Paul's School, which Duggan entered as a 2nd Former in 1935, graduated in 1940, entered Harvard, and then enlisted in the Air Corps three weeks after Pearl Harbor. He entered navigation training as there was an immediate need for navigators, whereas pilot training entailed a wait of at least six months at the time. First Lieutenant Robert Urquhart Duggan, while serving with the 91st Bomb Group of the First Air Division - 8th Air Force of the USAAF, was shot down and crashed over Opijnen, Netherlands, returning from a large group mission to bomb Messerschmidt factories near Kassel -- His B-17 41-24399 "MAN-O-WAR" was damaged after the bombs were away, was forced by the damage to leave its formation, and was shot down by a German fighter -- July 30, 1943. There were two survivors only in the crew. Lieutenant Duggan was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and a Purple Heart. He is buried in the third grave from the right in the row of Americans at the Dutch Reformed Church in Opijnen]. The author, James [Douglas] Hurd, was at St. Paul's with Robert Duggan, then continued his education at Yale, and Johns Hopkins SAIS. During World War II he served on a destroyer in the US Navy and then joined the State Department, serving overseas and in Foggy Bottom. After retirement, he stayed in Washington DC, and worked with St Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, particularly as a board member for the Urban Village Housing Project, and also for the Studio School. He worked with the DC Shelter and with Mitch Snyder at the Community for Creative Non-Violence. He became a painter, sole member of the École d'Abstraction Spécifique and showed with the collective Foundry Gallery, while continuing to compose occasional verse for the celebrations of friends. He was Co-Director of the St Francis hospice center and in the last years of his life, despite blindness, revised and published a memoir of his travels 50 years earlier in south India, "Temples of Tamilnad". "Preludes and Other Poems" was his first book.; Signed by Author

Title: Preludes and other Poems

Author Name: Hurd, James

Categories: Poetry, Literature, Modern First Editions,

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Publisher: London, Christopher Johnson: (1956)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket

Inscription: Signed by Author

Size: 8vo

Seller ID: 38775