This small collection contains materials relating to Under the North Star.
The focal point of the collection is a fine manuscript of Under the North Star (1979), written by Hughes' hand and bound in a 'dummy' Rainbow Press binding as used for Poems [by] Ruth Fainlight, Ted Hughes, and Alan Sillitoe. According to the pencil inscription in the flyleaf, the poems in this collection were perceived during a trip to Maine in 1979 by Hughes and his wife, together with the American artist Leonard Baskin, his wife Lisa and his daughter Lucretia. The Baskins were friends of Hughes who also lived in Devon, and the work was dedicated to Lucretia Baskin. This fine version of the manuscript appears to have been in the possession of Leonard Baskin.
The collection also includes a copy of each of the American and UK first editions of Under the North Star (1981). The UK edition contains an engraved 'birth announcement' card of Lucretia Manya Baskin, 1974, and an engraved 'change of address' card for Lisa and Leonard Baskin, 1974. Also contained is a Rainbow Press bound copy of Poems [by] Ruth Fainlight, Ted Hughes, and Alan Sillitoe, signed by all three poets (1971).