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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. 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 Wanderings of Oisin and other poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Wanderings of Oisin and other poems.

    London : 1889

    First edition, first impression, 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... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 112219

  3. The Countess Kathleen
    YEATS, W. B. The Countess Kathleen

    London : 1892

    First edition, number one of 30 printed on japon, specially bound in full vellum, and signed by the publisher T. Fisher Unwin, this being his own retained copy. Countess Kathleen was Yeats's second collection, and the first to include "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", perhaps his most famous poem. "His best writing of the 1890s would follow the... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 133548

  4. A Book of Irish Verse.
    YEATS, W. B. (ed.) A Book of Irish Verse.

    London : 1895

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of Irish verse including poems by Thomas Moore, Oliver Goldsmith, Emily Brontë, and Oscar Wilde.

    Wade states that it was published in March 1895 and makes no mention of the advertisements. Further editions were published in January 1912 and in 1920. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 144497

  5. Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. Poems.

    London : 1895

    First edition, one of 750 copies printed, very scarce first state of the US issue with both US and UK publisher's slug to spine, but retaining the UK title page, and with the top edge ungilt. More usually copies of the US issue had a cancel title page with the Boston imprint, and a gilt top edge. O'Hegarty "notes that he has seen two copies, identical,... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 119668

  6. The Secret Rose.
    YEATS, W. B. The Secret Rose.

    London : 1897

    First edition, first impression, first issue binding with "Lawrence & Bullen" at the foot of spine, scarce in such nice condition. With The Secret Rose Yeats was at the height of his powers as a prose mythographer, bringing together the two key loci of his imagination: the Celtic folklore of his native Ireland, and the alchemical mysteries with which... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 135709

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

    London : 1900

    First edition, one of 500 copies printed. 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. Provenance: with the bookplate of Oliver Brett, 3rd Viscount Esher (1881-1963), whose sister Dorothy was friends with Ottoline Morrell... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 108461

  8. Portrait photograph.
    YEATS, W. B. (sitter); SCHELL, Sherril (photo.) Portrait photograph.

    [Victoria, London : c.1903]

    This portrait of a pensive W. B. Yeats was taken by London-based American photographer Sherril V. Schell (1877-1964), who during the first decades of the 20th century in his Victoria studio executed portraits of several London literary figures such as Wilfrid Wilson Gibson and, famously, Rupert Brooke. Schell has signed the mount in pencil, and stamped... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 121643

  9. Portrait photograph.
    YEATS, W. B. (sitter); SCHELL, Sherril (photo.) Portrait photograph.

    [London : c.1903]

    This portrait of a pensive Yeats was taken by London-based American photographer Sherril V. Schell (1877-1964), who during the first decades of the 20th century in his London studio executed portraits of several literary figures such as Wilfrid Wilson Gibson and, famously, Rupert Brooke. Schell has signed the mount in pencil, and stamped the mount on... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 121636

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

    Dundrum, Dublin : 1903-7

    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

  11. 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

  12. The Golden Helmet.
    YEATS, W. B. The Golden Helmet.

    New York : [June] 1908

    First edition, number 1 of 50 copies privately printed by John Quinn, Yeats's American patron, this copy inscribed by Quinn to his sister on the half-title: "To Julia with love from John May 6, 1908".

    The Golden Helmet is the rare first appearance, here in prose, of the Cuchullain play that would eventually be reworked into verse as "The Green... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 144435

  13. 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

  14. The Cutting of an Agate.
    YEATS, W. B. The Cutting of an Agate.

    New York : 1912

    First edition, first printing, preceding the UK edition by seven years. Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 95449

  15. 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

  16. 143926
    YEATS, W. B. The Wild Swans at Coole.

    Dundrum : 1917

    First and limited edition, one of 400 copies. One of Yeats's major poetry collections, the title was printed by Yeats's sister, Elizabeth Corbet.

    The Cuala Press, a co-operative business with Lily Yeats, was founded with the aim of reviving the craft of book printing in Ireland and "to give work to Irish girls" (McMurtrie, p. 472). It played... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 143926

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

    London : 1918

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 112141

  18. 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

  19. Michael Robartes and the Dancer.
    YEATS, W. B. Michael Robartes and the Dancer.

    Dundrum : 1920

    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed and now very scarce. The significant English composer and co-founder of the original Glastonbury Festivals Rutland Boughton's copy, with his ownership inscription "R. Boughton, Glastonbury" to first blank and matching purple ink stamp to the title page.

    Rutland Boughton (1878-1960) remains... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 143925

  20. 143556
    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

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

    London : 1922

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 499 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... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 143336

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 144056
    YEATS, W. B. Stories of Red Hanrahan and the Secret Rose.

    London : 1927

    First edition thus, one of 1,885 copies printed, this copy is in the less common variant red binding and notably uncommon in this condition. The work features Yeats's two extraordinary works of original mythopoesis in prose, the first Celtic, the latter alchemical, combined with illustrations by Norah McGuinness. Yeats's famous poem Sailing to Byzantium... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 144056

  25. The Tower.
    YEATS, W. B. The Tower.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression, of what is generally accepted to be Yeats's single most important collection. The Tower includes many of Yeats's greatest and most enduring poems, including "Sailing to Byzantium", "Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen", "Leda and the Swan", and "Among School Children".

    From the library of the Irish writer, journalist,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 143930

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. The Winding Stair.
    YEATS, W. B. The Winding Stair.

    New York : 1929

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 420 of 600 copies signed by the author, from the edition of 642 copies. This is the true first appearance of The Winding Stair collection, Yeats's follow up to The Tower (1928), which was only published in the UK in 1933 with some poems added. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 96674

  29. 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

  30. Wild Apples.
    YEATS, W. B. (pref.); GOGARTY, Oliver. Wild Apples.

    Dublin : 1930

    First edition thus. This is one of 250 copies of this second selection by Yeats of the poems of Oliver Gogarty, likened by him in his opening poem, The Crab Tree, to "a tart crop" of wild apples. It was preceded by the 1926 private edition of 50 copies which did not include Yeats's preface. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 132515

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 83423
    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

  38. 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

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

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 112140

  40. 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

  41. Some Memories of W. B. Yeats.
    YEATS, W. B. - MASEFIELD, John. Some Memories of W. B. Yeats.

    Dublin : 1940

    First edition and limited edition, number 13 of 370 copies. "A crucial event of these early years was Masefield's meeting with W. B. Yeats in 1900, and through him with J. M. Synge in 1903. With Yeats he found literary companionship and an entry into the literary world. Soon after, in 1901, he became a full-time writer" (ODNB). Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 84853

  42. Florence Farr, Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats.
    (YEATS, W. B.) BAX, Clifford (ed.) Florence Farr, Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats.

    Dublin : 1941

    First edition, first impression. Number 386 of 500 copies. A collection of letters from Shaw and Yeats to Florence Farr (1860-1917), a London-based actress of great beauty and dynamism. She was deeply involved with both Yeats and Bernard Shaw, both theatrically (acting in plays written by them, often specifically for her) and romantically (more with... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 112230

  43. 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

  44. The Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Poems.

    London : 1949

    First and signed limited edition, number 182 of 375 copies signed by the author to the verso of the half-title, published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is not found with this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's reader... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 131846

  45. 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. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 112375

  46. 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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