London: Faber & Faber, (1957). First edition of Hughes's first book. One of 2000 copies printed. Sagar & Tabor A1. Presentation copy, inscribed by the poet to his friend and fellow poet, the critic Leonard Clark, on the front free endpaper: "with good wishes / Ted Hughes / 7 July 1965". Laid in is Clark's typescript of his favorable review of the book. Leonard Clark (1905-1981), poet, editor and critic, originally worked in education, becoming Government Inspector of Schools in 1936. It was at about this time that he started to write poetry seriously. He edited various anthologies in the 1930s and had his first collection of poetry published by the Fortune Press in 1940. He was a writer and critic for the rest of his life, establishing the Leonard Clark Prize for poetry in 1969. Hughes's work came specifically to Clark's notice in his capacity as a poetry critic. He wrote reviews for both of Hughes's first two collections, cautiously at first, noting that the young poet showed promise and likening his style to "a mixture of Eliot, Auden, Hopkins and John Crowe Ransom", and then with some enthusiasm. "Watch this poet if he continues to write poetry and develop at the present rate, he has a glowing future" is how he begins his review of Lupercal. Hughes and Clark met in 1965 and frequently thereafter. Hughes was one of the contributors to the collection, A Garland of Poems for Leonard Clark on his 75th Birthday in 1980. The Hawk in the Rain won the First Publication Award from the New York Poetry Centre. A fine copy in a very good dust jacket with just a little wear to the extremities, mainly at the head of the spine. With Clark's bookplate on the front end-sheet. 8vo, original blue cloth, dust jacket.