YEATS, W. B.

A complete set of the Dun Emer Press books.

Dundrum, Dublin: Dun Emer Press, 1903-7 Stock Code: 102604
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An attractive complete set of the books issued by the Dun Emer Press, the private press established by Yeats's sisters that played a central 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. They took a cottage, Gurteen Dhas ('pretty little meadow'), in Churchtown, Dundrum, near the house, Dun Emer, in which Gleeson set up a printing press, carpet and needlework rooms, and other artistic ventures" (ODNB). Elizabeth Yeats took a short printing course and oversaw productions. "The Dun Emer Press was set up using a second-hand Albion handpress that it had acquired through advertising in local newspapers, and paper that had been manufactured at the County Dublin Saggart Mills... the Press showed how a specialist press, driven by a combination of the Gaelic League and the Arts and Crafts Movement, could work against the grain of imperial drives and directives, and produce small print runs of ideologically and aesthetically determined rather than economically driven texts. Ironically, in retracing the glories of the eighteenth century in its attention to detail and craft perfection, the press also provided imagery and an aesthetics that would be later grafted onto the new Irish republic and mass-produced in the twentieth century for the Irish diaspora around the world" (Frank Ferguson in The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume IV: The Irish Book in English 1800-1891, pp. 24-26).

List of titles:

YEATS, W. B. In the Seven Woods, 1903. 325 copies. First and limited edition. Wade 49.

"A.E." pseudonym of George William RUSSELL. The Nuts of Knowledge, 1903. 200 copies. First and limited edition.

HYDE, Douglas (trans.) The Love Songs of Connacht. Preface by W. B. Yeats, 1904. 300 copies. First and limited edition. Wade 260.

JOHNSON, Lionel. Twenty-One Poems. Selected by W. B. Yeats, 1905. 220 copies. First and limited edition. Wade 231.

YEATS, W. B. Stories of Red Hanrahan, 1905. 500 copies. First and limited edition. Wade 59.

EGLINTON, John. Some Essays and Passages. Selected by W. B. Yeats, 1905. 200 copies. First and limited edition. Wade 232.

ALLINGHAM, William. Sixteen Poems. Selected by W. B. Yeats, 1905. 200 copies. First and limited edition. Wade 234.

GREGORY, Lady. A Book of Saints and Wonders, 1906. 200 copies. First and limited edition.

"A.E." pseudonym of George William RUSSELL. By Still Waters: Lyrical Poems Old and New, 1906. 200 copies. First and limited edition.

TYNAN, Katherine. Twenty One Poems. Selected by W. B. Yeats, 1907. 200 copies. First and limited edition. Wade 238.

YEATS, W. B. Discoveries: a Volume of Essays, 1907. 200 copies. First and limited edition. Wade 72.

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Description

11 works, octavo. Original linen-backed grey or pale blue paper boards, except for In the Seven Woods which is in the original off-white linen. Housed together in a custom made grey-green cloth slipcase.

Illustrations

All colophons and some letterpress printed in red.

Condition

Spine labels chipped, endpapers browned (as usual), light brown mottling to covers of In the Seven Woods.

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