Dundrum: The Dun Emer Press, 1903. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 325 copies (unnumbered), octavo size, 68 pp. Near fine. Item #210503036
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) is acknowledged by many as "supreme among modern Irish poets". He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923 (the first Irish to be so recognized), at which time he was "one of Dublin's great established figures, both in his own right and as the representative of the cultural renaissance which...had set in motion the Irish revolution and war of independence." Throughout his life, and throughout his poetry - which is still read and loved today - Yeats is recognized as supremely Irish, with his life and poetry reflective of his Irish identity.
This work opens the "middle period" of Yeats' work, although echoes of his earlier style can be found in "Adam's Curse". Works included in this volume are: "In the Seven Woods", "The Old Age of Queen Maeve", "Baile and Aillinn", "The Arrow", "The Folly of Being Comforted", "The Withering of the Boughs", "Adam's Curse", "The Song of Red Hanrahan", "The Old Men admiring themselves in the Water", "Under the Moon", "The Players ask for a Blessing on the Psalteries and themselves", "The Rider from the North", and "On Baile's Strand, a Play".
As Yeat's says on page 25 (inserted between the poems and the play), "I made some of these poems walking about among the Seven Woods, before the big wind of nineteen hundred and three blew down so many trees, & troubled the wild creatures, & changed the look of things..."
This copy with the bookseller's ticket on the rear pastedown of "The Sunwise Turn", a bookshop in New York City which operated between 1916 and 1927. As with the early Shakespeare & Co. in Paris, The Sunwise Turn not only sold books and artwork, but was a salon of sorts at which many noted authors gathered including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Frost, John Dos Passos, Theodore Dreiser, and many more. It also had the distinction of being one of the first bookshops in the U.S. to be both owned and operated by women, founded by Madge Jenison and Mary Hargan Mowbray-Clarke.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full natural linen cloth over boards, paper label with red lettering on the front, certain stanzas or lines in red throughout, colophon in red, with the additional title-slip tipped in at the second fly, all signatures unopened, vintage bookseller's ticket of The Sunwise Turn in blue and orange on the rear pastedown; printed upon paper made in Ireland, octavo size (8 3/8" by 5 3/4"), pagination: [i-iv] [1-64].
___CONDITION: Near fine, the linen cloth clean and unrubbed, paper label on the front without wear, the corners very gently bumped but not rubbed, a strong text block with solid hinges, the interior clean and uniformly lightly toned, entirely free of prior owner markings; the cloth with a few spots beginning to bubble at the fore-edge (as appears common) as well as being lightly toned, the spine also showing some bubbling and lightly sunned, the endpapers toned with one small mark on the rear endpaper. Even with its few faults an outstanding example.
___CITATION: Wade 49, which notes the number of copies printed being 325 per "the earliest prospectus"; also notes that the book was issued with the paper label on the front and without a spine label. Some sources state there was also a deluxe version bound in full vellum, this not mentioned in the bibliography.
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