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YEATS, W. B.

Rare books by W. B. Yeats, including first editions and signed first edition copies of The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems and the collected Poems. 

Widely considered to be one of the foremost English language poets, Yeats (1865 – 1939) remains a staple of both the Irish and British literary cannons. The first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize, he enjoyed a fruitful career as a dramatist before turning to poetry seriously later in his career. His Nobel win was based chiefly on his dramatic works.

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  1. The Wanderings of Oisin and other poems.
    signed

    The Wanderings of Oisin and other poems.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Yeats on the front free endpaper, "To James A. Healy, most of the subscribers for the book were found by John O'Leary, the Fenian leader. W. B. Yeats." James Augustine Healy (1890-1975) was an Irish-American stockbroker, bibliophile, and patron of Irish writers, who donated the James Augustine Healy Collection of 19th and 20th Century Literature to Colby College in Maine. Learn More
    £8,500

    Date of Publication: 1889

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112219

    Signed: Yes

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  2. The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems.

    The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems.

    First edition, first impression. A major literary association copy with Yeats's contemporary presentation inscription to the first blank leaf, "To the poet of the North Countrie Joseph Skipsey with the author's kind regards". Yeats has made minor corrections to the text on four pages. The recipient was a remarkable figure in the literary world of the late 19th century. Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1889

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 81939

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  3. The Land of Heart's Desire.

    The Land of Heart's Desire.

    First US edition, limited issue, one of 450 copies. It was first published in the UK earlier the same year. The Land of Heart's Desire premiered at the Avenue Theatre on 29 March 1894, and was Yeats's first acted play. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1894

    Published: Chicago

    Stock Code: 112216

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  4. The Shadowy Waters.

    The Shadowy Waters.

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, of Yeats's lyrical, visionary play which tells a story of love between Forgael, a dreamer-pirate, and Dectora, a proud queen whose ship he captures. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 91808

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  5. The Shadowy Waters.

    The Shadowy Waters.

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, of Yeats's lyrical, visionary play which tells a story of love between Forgael, a dreamer-pirate, and Dectora, a proud queen whose ship he captures. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108461

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  6. A complete set of the Dun Emer Press books.

    A complete set of the Dun Emer Press books.

    An attractive complete set of the books issued by the Dun Emer Press, a private press established by Yeats's sisters and which played an important part in the Celtic Revival. The poet acted as literary editor and subsidised its productions; a number of the publications are Yeats first editions. "In 1902, when [Lily] Yeats and her sister, Elizabeth, were invited by Evelyn Gleeson (1855-1944), Gaelic leaguer and suffragist, to help set up a craft enterprise along the lines of Morris's utopian socialist ideals, they moved back to Dublin with their father. Learn More
    £4,250

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: Dundrum, Dublin

    Stock Code: 102604

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  7. The Land of Heart's Desire.
    signed

    The Land of Heart's Desire.

    Revised US edition, signed limited issue, and additionally signed by Yeats on the title page, though uncalled for. Number 52 of 100 copies signed by the publisher and printed on japon vellum. The Land of Heart's Desire premiered at the Avenue Theatre on 29 March 1894, and was Yeats's first acted play; it was first published in the UK in April 1894. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: Portland

    Stock Code: 112280

    Signed: Yes

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  8. Plays for an Irish Theatre.

    Plays for an Irish Theatre.

    Volume 1: Where There is Nothing. Volume 2: The Hour-Glass, Cathleen Ni Houlihan, The Pot of Broth. Volume 3: The King’s Threshold, On Baile’s Strand. Volume 4: The Well of the Saints, by J. M. Synge, with an Introduction by W. B. Yeats. Volume 5: Dierdre.
    First edition thus, the complete set of Plays for an Irish Theatre; volumes 1-3 are the first UK editions of six of Yeats's plays, volume 4 is the first UK edition of Synge's play "The Well of the Saints", and volume 5 the first edition Yeats's play "Deirdre". Scarce complete. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 83992

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  9. Stories of Red Hanrahan.
    signed

    Stories of Red Hanrahan.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the first blank, "Mrs Worthington, from her friend the writer, with pleasant memories of the Hudson. W. B. Yeats, May 1905". Below the inscription Yeats has drawn out a line of glyphs representing the zodiacal signs for the time of his birth on 13 June 1865. The Mabel Dickinson copy was similarly inscribed, but with the symbols representing the recipient's date of birth, and as such this is the only copy we know of bearing Yeats's own signature in this occult form. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published: Dundrum

    Stock Code: 78199

    Signed: Yes

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  10. The Tables of the Law and The Adoration of the Magi.

    The Tables of the Law and The Adoration of the Magi.

    First edition, deluxe issue, printed on slightly thicker paper than the trade issue and bound in boards rather than blue paper wrappers. Learn More
    £425

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112215

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  11. 116718

    The Kings Threshold.

    Being Vol. V of the Abbey Theatre Series.
    First Irish edition, first impression, these copies were for sale in Ireland only. The King's Threshold was first performed in Dublin by the Irish National Theatre Society in 1903 and first published in New York in 1904. Learn More
    £25

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: Dublin

    Stock Code: 116718

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  12. The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.

    The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.

    Imprinted At The Shakespeare Head Press Stratford-on-Avon.
    First collected edition, one of 250 first issues sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the publisher Chapman & Hall's imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakesepare Head Press. As a production, this collected edition is regarded as a marvellous piece of publishing (Yeats himself was proud of it, remarking, "I think nobody of our time has had so fine an edition—I believe it will greatly strengthen my position"), collecting, with the poet's own selection and arrangement, a substantially complete corpus (poems, plays and prose) of his first canon of work, before the finding of his later voice. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114925

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  13. The Cutting of an Agate.

    The Cutting of an Agate.

    First edition, first printing, preceding the UK edition by seven years. Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1912

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 95449

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  14. 116709

    Reveries Over Childhood and Youth; [together with] Plates to Accompany Reveries Over Childhood and Youth.

    First and limited edition, number 49 of 425 copies. The first US and UK editions were published a year later in 1916. The limited edition is dedicated "to those few people, mainly personal friends, who have read all that I have written". The Plates portfolio also contains a loose printed note from Yeats explaining the subject matter of his brother's painting, Memory Harbour, which is included as a colour print. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1915 & 1916

    Published: Churchtown, Dundrum

    Stock Code: 116709

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  15. Responsibilities and Other Poems.

    Responsibilities and Other Poems.

    First edition, first impression, a canonical presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the month of publication, "Ezra Pound from W. B. Yeats Oct 1916". Below this on the front free endpaper is Pound's ownership blindstamp, giving his address at 5 Holland Place Chambers, Kensington W. Ezra Pound and W. B. Yeats lived and worked together in close quarters in Sussex over the course of three winters (1913-16). Learn More
    £45,000

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 102747

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  16. Certain Noble Plays of Japan: From the Manuscripts of Ernest Fenollosa.

    Certain Noble Plays of Japan: From the Manuscripts of Ernest Fenollosa.

    Chosen and Finished by Ezra Pound, with an Introduction by William Butler Yeats.
    First edition, one of 350 numbered copies - the entire edition. Fenollosa was an American academic who became Curator of the Imperial Museum of Japan and Curator of Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He was instrumental in promoting the study of Asian art in the west, and after his death his widow worked with Pound and Yeats to publish material that he had collected on Japanese drama and Chinese poetry. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: Churchtown, Dundrum

    Stock Code: 83994

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  17. Per Amica Silentia Lunae.

    Per Amica Silentia Lunae.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £425

    Date of Publication: 1918

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112141

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  18. The Cutting of an Agate.

    The Cutting of an Agate.

    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US in 1912. Learn More
    £425

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112151

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  19. The Cutting of An Agate.

    The Cutting of An Agate.

    First UK edition, first impression. The 1912 New York publication of this title had substantially different contents. An attractive copy and uncommon in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 84212

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  20. Four Plays for Dancers.

    Four Plays for Dancers.

    Written for an Irish Theatre, and Generally with the Help of a Friend.
    First Edition, First Impression. Very uncommon in dust jacket. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1921

    Published:

    Stock Code: 39862

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