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  • Dylan Thomas manuscript notebook valued at up to $235,000
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    Will Davison
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Dylan Thomas manuscript notebook valued at up to $235,000

A recently discovered manuscript notebook of poems by Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) is estimated to make £100,000-150,000 ($156,861-235,292) ahead of Sotheby's books sale in London on December 9.

The notebook consists of 19 poems, all of which were later published.

Dylan Thomas notebook
The notebook dates from July 1934 to August 1935

They have been extensively revised and rewritten, offering an extraordinary level of insight into the writers process.

Sotheby's describe it as "the most significant poetical manuscript of Thomas known to survive in private hands".

Thomas explained in a letter to a friend in 1935: "my method is this: I write a poem on innumerable sheets of scrap paper, write it on both sides of the paper, often upside down and criss cross ways unpunctuated, surrounded by drawings of lamp posts and boiled eggs, in a very dirty mess; bit by bit I copy out the slowly developing poem into an exercise book; and, when it is completed, I type it out. The scrap sheets I burn."

The book includes the only known draft version of Dylan's most obscure and complex work, Altarwise by Owl-light.

The sale will also feature a rare original Winne the Pooh illustration by EH Shepard.

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    Will Davison
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