YEATS, W. B.

In the Seven Woods:

Being Poems Chiefly of the Irish Heroic Age.

Dundrum: The Dun Emer Press, 1903 Stock Code: 147175
£2,250.00
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A superb association copy, from the library of Yeats's friend, who helped him set up the Dun Emer Press

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 free endpaper, dated 19 August 1903, the month of the book's publication.

Cockerell had been active in literary circles his whole life - his correspondences included John Ruskin, Wilfred Scawen Blunt and Thomas Hardy. He was employed in the 1890s by William Morris to catalogue Morris's library of early printed books and manuscripts, and from 1894 he served as secretary to the Kelmscott Press. It was at Morris's home in Hammersmith that Cockerell was first introduced to W. B. Yeats, who awakened in Cockerell an enduring interest in William Blake, whose work Cockerell later collected extensively for the Fitzwilliam Museum. The two men became reacquainted in 1902 when Cockerell advised Yeats on the setting up of the Dun Emer Press (which later became the Cuala Press). Yeats's press was originally named "for Miss Evelyn Gleeson's home in Dundrum, near Dublin, where it was established in company with embroidery and rug making" (Ransom, p. 92).

In the Seven Woods contains the first appearance of "Adam's Curse" in book form; it had previously been printed in The Monthly Review in December 1902 and The Gael in February 1903.

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Description

Octavo. Original off-white linen, white paper label to front cover printed in red, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. With the spare printed label loosely inserted.

Illustrations

Text printed in black and red.

Condition

A very good copy, cloth somewhat darkened and foxed, a little bubbling to cloth as usual, slight browning to endpapers, contents otherwise clean and free from marks. Scarce in collectible condition, as here.

Bibliography

Wade 49; Ransom, p. 238.

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