Certain Noble Plays of Japan: From the Manuscripts of Ernest Fenollosa.
Chosen and Finished by Ezra Pound, with an Introduction by William Butler Yeats.Churchtown, Dundrum: The Cuala Press, 1916 Stock Code: 131792
First edition, first impression, number 277 of 350 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in September 1916. Fenollosa (1853-1908) was an American academic who became Curator of the Imperial Museum of Japan in 1888 and Curator of Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1890. He was instrumental in promoting the study of Asian art in the west, and after his death his widow worked with Pound and Yeats to publish the material that he had collected on Japanese drama and Chinese poetry. This production contains the first appearance of a 19-page introduction by Yeats. 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"; this copy with a label reading "Made in Ireland" in Gaelic on the rear pastedown (McMurtrie, p. 472). Loosely inserted in this copy is a publisher's slip publicising recent publications, with an addition in manuscript by Elizabeth Yeats: "In Preparation a new Vol of Poems W. B. Yeats". Elizabeth is likely referring to Yeats's next volume of poems printed at the Cuala Press, The Wild Swans at Coole (1917).
Octavo. Original tan cloth-backed grey paper-covered boards, front cover lettered in black, grey endpapers, edges untrimmed. With the plain paper dust jacket.
Typescript note numbering this copy, mounted to a secretarial card, loosely inserted. Binder's stamp to front pastedown. Faint offsetting to endpapers; else a fine copy in the lightly soiled jacket with tiny nick to foot of spine, slight creasing to edges.
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