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. Autograph letter signed to William Force Stead.
    YEATS, W. B. Autograph letter signed to William Force Stead.

    Riversdale, Willbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin : 26 September [1934]

    A fascinating letter written by Yeats to his friend William Force Stead (1884-1967), expounding the symbolic meanings in the ring that Yeats had had made for him by Edmund Dulac.

    Stead was an American-born poet, literary scholar, and Anglican clergyman, who studied at Oxford and then became chaplain and fellow at Worcester College from 1926 to... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 123152

  2. The Shadowy Waters.
    YEATS, W. B. The Shadowy Waters.

    London : 1900

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies. Yeats's lyrical, visionary play - "a lengthy Wagnerian verse drama" (ODNB) - tells the love story of Forgael, a dreamer-pirate, and Dectora, a proud queen whose ship he captures. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 146908

  3. Cathleen ni hoolihan.
    YEATS, W. B. Cathleen ni hoolihan.

    Chiswick : 1902

    First edition in book form, first impression, uncommon in such good condition and in the original glassine. The play was first printed earlier the same year in Samhain, the magazine edited by Yeats. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 148002

  4. In the Seven Woods:
    YEATS, W. B. In the Seven Woods:

    Dundrum : 1903

    First edition, first impression, one of 325 copies, of the first title printed at the Dun Emer Press, this an appealing association copy, from the library of Yeats's friend and business adviser Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (1867-1962), book collector and director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (1908-37), with his ownership signature on the front... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 147175

  5. A complete set of the Dun Emer Press books.
    YEATS, W. B. A complete set of the Dun Emer Press books.

    Dundrum, Dublin : 1903-07

    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... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 102604

  6. Plays for an Irish Theatre.
    YEATS, W. B. Plays for an Irish Theatre.

    London : 1903, 1904, 1904, 1905, 1907

    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
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 83992

  7. The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.
    YEATS, W. B. The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.

    London : 1908

    First collected edition, one of 250 first issues sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the Chapman & Hall imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakespeare Head Press. As a production, this collected edition is regarded as a marvellous piece of publishing (Yeats himself was proud of it, remarking,... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 114925

  8. Eight Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. Eight Poems.

    London : January 1916

    First edition, number 18 of 122 copies on Italian hand-made paper, from an edition of 200 copies only. The first page features a lurid full-page nude design in red by Austin Osman Spare, of which Yeats intensely disapproved. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132656

  9. Autograph letter signed and two-line quotation from "The Hour-Glass".
    YEATS, W. B. Autograph letter signed and two-line quotation from "The Hour-Glass".

    24 February 1917

    An autograph letter signed ("WBYeats") enclosing a separate two-line quotation from his play "The Hour-Glass", both on the author's headed notepaper.

    The autograph letter is addressed to "Dear Sir" and responds to the recipient's request for an "autograph you asked for so long ago" and notes that "my correspondence this winter has got beyond... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 149134

  10. Per Amica Silentia Lunae.
    YEATS, W. B. Per Amica Silentia Lunae.

    London : 1918

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 112141

  11. Two Plays for Dancers.
    YEATS, W. B. Two Plays for Dancers.

    Churchtown, Dundrum : 1919

    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies, containing two of Yeats's lyrical verse plays: The Dreaming of the Bones and The Only Jealousy of Emer. The Dreaming of the Bones was first performed in 1931 at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. The Only Jealousy of Emer was first performed in Amsterdam in 1922.

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    £325.00

    Stock Code: 123531

  12. The Cutting of An Agate.
    YEATS, W. B. The Cutting of An Agate.

    London : 1919

    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
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 84212

  13. The Trembling of the Veil.
    YEATS, W. B. The Trembling of the Veil.

    London : 1922

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 387 of 1,000 subscribers copies signed by the author and printed on handmade paper. The Trembling of the Veil was the second of Yeats's seven autobiographical works, and was described by Arthur Symons as "an absolute masterpiece: far & away the best thing Yeats has ever done" (Ross, p. 559).

    The following... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 149249

  14. Plays in Prose and Verse.
    YEATS, W. B. Plays in Prose and Verse.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression, a lovely copy, uncommon in the jacket.

    This collection contains Yeats's plays: Cathleen ni Houlihan, The Pot of Broth, The King's Threshold, On Baile's Strand, The Shadowy Waters, Deridre, The Unicorn from the Stars (written in collaboration with Lady Gregory), The Green Helmet, The Hour-Glass and The Player... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 143556

  15. The Trembling of the Veil.
    YEATS, W. B. The Trembling of the Veil.

    London : 1922

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 844 of 1,000 subscribers copies signed by the author and printed on handmade paper. The Trembling of the Veil was the second of Yeats's seven autobiographical works, and was described by Arthur Symons as "an absolute masterpiece: far & away the best thing Yeats has ever done" (Ross, p. 559). The following... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 131699

  16. The Cat and the Moon and certain Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Cat and the Moon and certain Poems.

    Dublin : 1924

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in May 1924. This is the first appearance of "The Cat and the Moon", "Leda and the Swan" and "The Lover Speaks". The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Lily and Elizabeth Yeats. Cuala Industries was founded with the aim of reviving... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 131789

  17. The Death of Synge, and other passages from an old diary.
    YEATS, W. B. The Death of Synge, and other passages from an old diary.

    Dublin : 1928

    First edition, first impression; 400 copies printed. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 84001

  18. The Death of Synge, and other passages from an old diary.
    YEATS, W. B. The Death of Synge, and other passages from an old diary.

    Dublin : 1928

    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Lily and Elizabeth Yeats. 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... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 112249

  19. A Packet for Ezra Pound.
    YEATS, W. B. A Packet for Ezra Pound.

    Dublin : 1929

    First edition, first impression; one of only 425 copies. Yeats's Packet for Ezra Pound presents one side of an intriguingly unlikely literary and personal friendship; Yeats, who lived with Pound more than once (first in Ashdown Forest, where Pound's ostensibly secretarial status produced the drastic renovation of Yeats's poetic style in his 1914 collection... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 84605

  20. Stories of Michael Robartes and His Friends:
    YEATS, W. B. Stories of Michael Robartes and His Friends:

    Dublin : 1931

    First edition, first impression, of Yeats's occult work, one of only 450 copies, printed by his sister Elizabeth and published on All Hallow's Eve. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Lily and Elizabeth Yeats. Cuala Industries was founded with the aim of reviving the craft of book printing in Ireland... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 132516

  21. Words for Music Perhaps and Other Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. Words for Music Perhaps and Other Poems.

    Dublin : 1932

    First edition, first impression, one of 450 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in November 1932. This collection includes Yeats's Byzantium and the Crazy Jane poems. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Lily and Elizabeth Yeats. Cuala Industries was founded with the aim of reviving the craft of book printing... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 131775

  22. The Winding Stair and Other Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Winding Stair and Other Poems.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression of Yeats's follow-up collection to The Tower, containing some of his best, and most difficult, poems, such as "Blood and the Moon", "A Dialogue of Self and Soul", "Vacillation", and, of course, "Byzantium", and thus full of "those images that yet / fresh images beget; / that dolphin-torn, and gong tormented sea".

    A... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 143928

  23. The Winding Stair and other poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Winding Stair and other poems.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, of Yeats's follow-up collection to The Tower, containing some of his best, and most difficult, poems, such as "Blood and the Moon", "A Dialogue of Self and Soul", "Vacillation", and, of course, "Byzantium", and thus full of "those images that yet / fresh images beget; / that dolphin-torn, and gong tormented sea". A smaller... Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 119643

  24. The King of the Great Clock Tower, Commentaries, and Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The King of the Great Clock Tower, Commentaries, and Poems.

    Dublin : 1934

    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Lily and Elizabeth Yeats. 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... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 132517

  25. Broadsides.
    YEATS, W. B. Broadsides.

    Dublin : 1935

    First collected edition, signed by Yeats and by F. R. Higgens at the end of the introduction as issued. The twelve broadsides included in the volume were issued monthly during 1935, each printed in an edition of 300, with 100 remaining sets bound up and issued in this form in December 1935. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 144463

  26. Dramatis Personae.
    YEATS, W. B. Dramatis Personae.

    Dublin : 1935

    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in December 1935, with the errata slip laid in. The included memoirs first appeared in The London Mercury in November and December of that year. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Lily and Elizabeth Yeats. Cuala Industries... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 131774

  27. Some Passages from the Letters of AE to W. B. Yeats.
    YEATS, W. B. Some Passages from the Letters of AE to W. B. Yeats.

    Dublin : 1936

    First edition, first impression; one of 300 copies. Letters to Yeats from his lifelong friend "AE" (Dublin-based mystical poet and painter George Russell: 1867 - 1935), between 1896 and 1932, collected and published in the year after his death. This copy bears some scholarly annotations in pencil. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 83423

  28. A Vision.
    YEATS, W. B. A Vision.

    London : 1937

    First trade edition, first impression. A revised and expanded edition of the work which was first published in 1925 in a private edition for subscribers only. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 112129

  29. The Herne's Egg.
    YEATS, W. B. The Herne's Egg.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. Very scarce in such condition. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 117402

  30. The Herne's Egg.
    YEATS, W. B. The Herne's Egg.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 112140

  31. Mosada.
    YEATS, W. B. Mosada.

    Dublin : October 1943

    First Cuala press edition, limited issue. Number 40 of 50 copies, and, though uncalled for, this copy is signed by "George" Hyde-Lees, (1892-1968), the author's wife. Mosada was Yeats's first published work, and was first published in 1886 as an offprint from the Dublin University Review. That edition, of around 100 copies, is now "exceedingly rare"... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 143922

  32. The Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Poems.

    New York : 1949

    First and signed limited variorum edition, number 337 of 375 copies signed by the author. It was published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is loosely inserted in this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's reader Thomas... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 136963

  33. The Variorum Edition of the Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Variorum Edition of the Poems.

    New York : 1957

    Signed limited edition, number 381 of 825 copies signed by Yeats, and issued posthumously. The limitation sheets were signed by the author before his death in 1939, and retained by the publisher until the publication of this edition, which was deferred until after the war.

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    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 112375

  34. The Land of Heart's Desire.
    YEATS, W. B. The Land of Heart's Desire.

    Portland : 1903

    Very scarce signed copy of Yeats's first acted play, in a limited edition by Thomas Mosher, number 52 of 100 copies printed on japon and signed by the publisher, this copy additionally signed by Yeats on the title page. The Land of Heart's Desire premiered at the Avenue Theatre on 29 March 1894, and was first published in the UK in April 1894. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 112280

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