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132197
YEATS, W. B.

Michael Robartes and the Dancer.

Availability: In stock

Published: Dundrum The Cuala Press, 1920

Stock Code: 132197

£2,500
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Notes

First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats on All Souls Day 1920, very scarce in the jacket, and containing the first appearance of "The Second Coming". Michael Robartes and the Dancer is an important Yeats collection, notable for its mythical imagining of contemporary politics. Robartes is the fictional leader of Order of the Alchemical Rose, first created by Yeats for his short story "Rosa Alchemica" in The Secret Rose (1898). In this collection Yeats posits Robartes as his real source for the mystical wisdom of an obscure Arab sect called the Judwalis, which Yeats claimed to be channelling in his poetry. The work is an attractive and important volume, containing "Easter, 1916" and perhaps Yeats's most famous poem, "The Second Coming", and is an early example of Yeats's mysticism entering into his verse.

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Description

Original buff linen-backed blue boards, printed paper label to spine, front board lettered in black, blue endpapers, edges untrimmed. With the plain paper dust jacket.

Illustrations

Title page vignette by Thomas Sturge Moore and colophon printed in red.

Condition

Contemporary cataloguing loosely inserted. Very faint browning to front cover and endpapers; else a fine copy in the scarce, faintly soiled, jacket with lchips to spine ends, loss to head of front panel and a couple of small closed tears.

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