A Broadside: No. 2 (New Series).Dublin, Cuala Press, February 1935 Stock Code: 140551
NotesFirst edition, one of 300 copies printed, of this attractive Cuala Press publication. Yeats's "The Wicked Hawthorn Tree" was first published, untitled, at the end of the verse version of The King of the Great Clock Tower in 1934. The Cuala Press Broadsides were issued monthly, with a bound set of the collected issues published at the end of the year in a smaller edition. The first series ran from 1909 to 1915, the new series from 1935 to 1937. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Yeats's sisters Lily and Elizabeth. Cuala Industries was founded with the aim of reviving the craft of book printing in Ireland and "to give work to Irish girls" (McMurtrie, p. 472). The press's "clearly legible, slender volumes with their distinctive paper labels may be seen as the sole survivors of the handcrafted ideal established in 1900 by Walker and T. J. Cobden-Sanderson's Doves Press" (ODNB).
Single bifolium (total leaf size: 292 x 430 mm). Text and musical notation printed to 4 pp. in black. Housed in a custom brown cloth chemise.
Two hand-coloured woodcuts designed by Victor Brown and E. C. Peet.
Engraved armorial bookplate of book collector Oliver Sylvain Baliol Brett, 3rd Viscount Esher, to front inside cover of chemise. Some foxing, else a very good copy.
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