Mosada.Dublin: Cuala Press, 1940 Stock Code: 143922
NotesFirst 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" (Wade p. 18).
Yeats's wife was originally known as "Georgie", until Yeats declared the name insufferable. George managed the Cuala Industries with Yeats's sisters Lily and Lolly after her husband's death, increasingly on her own as Lily's health failed and Lolly died suddenly in 1940. The second separate printing of the text, it is based on the text as it appeared in The Wanderings of Oisin (1889), and incorporating the corrections that were made by the author in his own copy.
Octavo. Original cream card wrappers, titles to front wrapper in black. With the original glassine jacket.
Frontispiece reproducing Yeats's manuscript.
Bookplate of William Robinson Pattangall partly torn from front pastedown. The binding sharp and clean, internally crisp; a fine copy.
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