This is a unique copy of Saint Botolph’s Review, with a handwritten note by Ted Hughes and corrections by Lucas Myers. Named after the rectory where Myers lived, the first edition of this literary journal was created in February 1956 by Hughes with Cambridge University friends and contemporaries David Ross (who was the journal's editor), Lucas Myers, Daniel Huws, Daniel Weissbort, Than Minton and George Weissbort. It contains poetry and prose works. A year later, Hughes published his first collection of poetry, titled The Hawk in the Rain (1957).
Hughes’s note explains that the copy acquired its stains when Myers, out selling copies of the journal, fell of his bicycle and smashed the bottles of wine that were also sitting in his pannier. The incident occurred on the morning of 25 February 1956, before the party to celebrate the journal’s launch was held later that evening. As Hughes documents in the Birthday Letters poem ‘St Botolph’s’, it was at this party that he and Sylvia Plath first met.