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[A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]: [A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]: [A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]: [A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]: [A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]: [A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]: [A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]: [A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]: [A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]: [A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]:
[A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]:
YEATS, W. B.

[A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]:...

Essays; Autobiographies; Plays; Collected Poems; Later Poems; Plays and Controversies.

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Published: London Macmillan and Co., Limited 1923-34

Stock Code: 101729

£9,750
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OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

Presentation copies to his lover Margot Collis, inscribed by Yeats "To Margot from her friend W B Yeats Oct 1934" on the front free endpaper or half-title in four works. Plays in Prose and Verse contains two authorial annotations, signed by Yeats with his initials, one to the beginning of the play Deirdre ("I have crossed out a number of needless lines in the opening of the play. WBY"); another at the end of The Player Queen: "I have altered the end. As last played in Dublin Decima put on a mask left behind by the players and makes them dance. They have shed their animal forms. She throws them money - if I remember rightly - her ambiguous words are a farewell to all this she has loved. They get banishment but with great rewards. WBY." Later Poems, uninscribed, has Collis's pencil ownership inscription dated 20 September 1930 and so was hers before she met Yeats. Plays and Controversies is also uninscribed.
Margot Collis was the stage name used by the Irish actress Marguerite Ruddock (1907-1951). Her intense relationship with Yeats started in the year these books were presented. Collis was also a poet and Yeats is said to have helped edit her works; he included some of her work in his edition of the Oxford Book of Modern Verse (1936). At the time of her relationship with Yeats, Collis was married to actor Raymond Lovell. She fell passionately in love with Yeats, though he remained married to Georgie. The relationship unravelled and Collis became unstable, offering Yeats the inspiration for his poem "A Crazed Girl". Their correspondence was later published under the title Ah, Sweet Dancer (1970).
The works are in various editions: Plays and Controversies (1923) and Essays (1924) are first editions; Autobiographies (1926) is the first collected edition; Collected Poems (1934) is second impression; Plays in Prose and Verse (Dec. 1931) is fourth impression; and Later Poems (Mar. 1926) is also fourth impression.
Laid-in is a 4-page autograph letter signed "BM" (unidentified; on 25 Burton Court SW3 letterhead) advising the unnamed recipient (probably Yeats) on the writing of a play and the portrayal of characters.

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Description

Together 6 works, octavo. Original green or red cloth, titles to spine gilt, pages untrimmed.

Condition

Light rubbing to ends of spines, corners gently bumped, some sunning to spines, a few works with soiling and markings to spine and boards, 5 inner hinges cracked, Collected Poems with bumping to upper board edge, occasional spotting. Overall a very good group of first and early editions.

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