'Vally of Bones' (A Reverie of Bone)

Scope and Content

Revised autograph manuscript of the poem published as A Reverie of Bone. Complete draft written in a Stationery Office book, 'Supplied For the Public Service', when Peake was stationed at Larkhill. Includes small detailed illustration of a bearded man and various other sketches of skulls, heads and figures, as well as doodles. Last leaf of manuscript is inscribed 'Written at a lecture on theodolites in a gas-mask' and contains poems, 'At a cold morning dark[?], on Salisbury Plain' and 'They loom enormous'.

Conditions Governing Access


Not Public Record(s)

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Materials: soft-bound volume.

Dimensions: 240mm x 184mm.

Foliation: ff.19.

Condition: conservation work carried out by the Bodleian Library prior to acquisition by the British Library (paper repairs and custom-made four-flap folder with hard covers)