Lot 670: Scarce ALS signed "Dylan," one page on a 5.5 x 3.5 postcard depicting Rio Marina, postmarked July 26, 1947. Letter to his close friends Bill and Helen MacAlpine. In part: "A message from Albergo Elba, Rio Marina, Isola d'Elba, Italy. Lucky Napoleon! This is a most beautiful island; and Rio Marina the strangest town on it: only fishermen and miners live here: few tourists: no foreigners. Extremely rough. Something like a Latin Caharciveen. Notices 'Fighting Prohibited' in all bars. Elba cognac 3d of course, no licensing hours. Bathing wonderful. Regret your absence." In fine condition, with a small stain to lower right and mild brushing to ink. At the recommendation of Edith Sitwell, Thomas took his family on a four-month trip to Italy in the summer of 1947, where he stayed in Rapallo, Florence, and Elba. It was while in Florence that Thomas wrote the poem 'In Country Sleep,' which lent its name to one of his last volumes of poetry. An extremely scarce letter from an important moment late in his career, full of the same minute observations of local life and geography that characterized much of his work.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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