This uncorrected proof copy of "How the Whale Became" has two claims to be a collectible item: first, it was written by Ted Hughes (published 1963) many years before he became Poet Laureate; second, it was evidently one of the proofs handled by Rosemary Goad, a long-time employee at Faber & Faber, who finally retired in 1989, having acted as editor to P. D. James (among many others), and (much earlier) T.S. Eliot. The book, now regarded as a classic of its kind, includes 11 stories about a number of animals, including the owl, whale, polar bear, and the donkey who wanted to be a lionocerangoutangading, as well as draft B/W drawings by illustrator George Adamson. As an uncorrected proof copy, this is an eminently collectable item.
The book is a slim volume protected by now rather grubby cream paper covers with title etc in plain black letters on the front, and "Miss Goad (2)" in black biro, struck through with red felt-tip, at the top. The lower R/H front corner is a little dog-eared. Inside, there are no loose pages and no markings. The text and illustrations appear a little faded in places - perhaps the print quality for proofs was not intended to be as long-lasting as that of the final publication.