Birthday card from Philip Larkin to Charles Monteith

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MS letter from Philip Larkin to Charles Monteith. On birthday greetings card printed with anonymous wishes, embellished and signed by Larkin. Refers to Larkin’s love and admiration, claiming the authority of all Monteith’s authors. Uses the image on the front to do this, metaphorically employing the picture of a unicorn at rest among foliage to characterise Monteith. Notes “an entry from a TF Powys bibliog: 'The Two Thieves', Chatto & Windus”. (T.F. Powys, 1875-1953, British author.) On the front, printed image of a unicorn in foliage, which is inside a circular frame, bordered - in a ‘classical’ manner - by a rectangular frame. Commercial copyright material on the back.

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