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YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : POEMS, 1899-1905.

YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : POEMS, 1899-1905.

London : A. H. Bullen / Dublin : Maunsel & Co., 1906. First edition. “I walked among the seven woods of Coole ...” – heavily revised versions of three verse plays (“The Shadowy Waters”, “On Baile’s Strand” and “The King’s Threshold”), together with fifteen poems (some previously published in a limited edition), including “In the Seven Woods”, “Never Give all the Heart”, “The Withering of the Boughs” and “Under the Moon”. Yeats’ preface provides a highly interesting commentary on his work at this period.
Crown 8vo (20cm). xvi,(280)pp. Original decorative blue cloth gilt in a design by Althea Gyles; just lightly worn at extremities; a few slight marks to covers; some spotting, mainly to endpapers and edges, but still an attractive copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of a member of the Dyfnallt family of Breconshire.

£200

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YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : FOUR PLAYS FOR DANCERS.

YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : FOUR PLAYS FOR DANCERS.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1921. First edition : [one of 1,500 copies]. “At the Hawk’s Well”, “The Only Jealousy of Emer”, “The Dreaming of the Bones” and “Calvary”, with some fine illustrations by Edmund Dulac (1882-1953), music, notes on the plays, etc.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). (xii),138,[ii]pp. Frontispiece and six illustrations by Dulac. Original cloth-backed decorative boards in a dramatic design by Thomas Sturge Moore (1870-1944); some light wear to extremities and title label; endpapers a little tanned; a few faint marks, but a good copy of an attractive production. Small Henry Sotheran Ltd. book-label to front pastedown.

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YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : WORDS FOR MUSIC PERHAPS AND OTHER POEMS.

YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : WORDS FOR MUSIC PERHAPS AND OTHER POEMS.

Dublin : Cuala Press, 1932. First edition : limited to 450 copies printed and published by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats at the Cuala Press. A collection of forty-six poems, including some of Yeats’ finest work – “Byzantium”, “Coole Park 1929”, “The Nineteenth Century and After”, “The Crazed Moon”, “Quarrel in Old Age”, “I Am of Ireland”, the “Crazy Jane” sequence, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [xvi],(42),[ii],[4]pp. Original linen-backed boards; a hint of browning to tips; a few tiny marks and faint spots, but overall a very good and unopened copy. Small bookseller’s label of Greene & Co. of Dublin on front pastedown.

£500

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YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : THE WINDING STAIR AND OTHER POEMS.

YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : THE WINDING STAIR AND OTHER POEMS.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1933. First edition : [one of 2,000 copies]. A collection of over sixty poems, some of which had previously appeared in limited editions published in Dublin and New York. The collection includes some of Yeats’ finest work – “Blood and the Moon”, “Mad as the Mist and Snow”, “Byzantium”, “Coole Park, 1929”, “The Nineteenth Century and After”, “The Crazed Moon”, “Quarrel in Old Age”, “I Am of Ireland”, the “Crazy Jane” and “A Woman Young and Old” sequences, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],(x),(102),[ii]pp. Original decorative cloth gilt in a handsome design by Thomas Sturge Moore (1870-1944); a few faint marks, but overall a very good copy in the matching Sturge Moore dust-jacket – the jacket lightly sunned, a little chipped, with a hole to spine neatly repaired with tissue backing. Contemporary (1934) gift inscription to Mary E. Scarlett and the later book-label of F. R. Furber – probably Frederick Robert Furber (1912-1972) of Bristol.

£500

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