Scope and Content

Michael Cayley's original typescript of the collection, with preliminary pages supplied by Carcanet Press. Minor corrections have been made by the author in blue ink. The typescript has been marked up with printing instructions by Michael Schmidt in green ink, and further instructions have been added in pencil, probably by the copy-preparer at the printing house. The manuscript is stored with two additional poems signed by Cayley which did not form part of The spider's touch, entitled 'Vigil' and 'Your Obedient Servant'.