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London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1904 Stock Code: 144445
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Presentation copy to Julia Anderson (née Quinn), inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To my friend John Quinn's sister, November twelfth, 1904. W. B. Yeats".

John Quinn conveyed the book to his sister with a lengthy inscription beneath Yeats's on the front free endpaper - "To Julia: Yeats wrote in this book and gave it to me for you the morning he breakfasted with me at the Carlton Hotel; after which he drove with me to the Waterloo station to see me off, on my way to Southhampton sic, whence I took the St. Paul for New York. I was with him a great deal in Dublin and London during the preceding three weeks and have many very pleasant memories of our days together. His father thought you might come to Dublin with me and wanted to paint your portrait: so you see you are known in Dublin. Your brother John. No. 1 West 87 St, November 24, 1904".

John Quinn (1870-1924), a patron of various modern authors across his life and renowned as a pioneering collector of modern books and manuscripts, became a lifelong friend of Yeats since first meeting the family in 1902: "In 1902 Quinn travelled to Ireland and met several members of the Yeats family, including John Butler Yeats and his two sons, William Butler Yeats and Jack Butler Yeats. From John Butler Yeats he bought one painting and from Jack Butler Yeats several. From William Butler Yeats he was to buy many manuscripts over a period of years. He began a lifelong correspondence with all three and with George Russell. Back in the United States he helped arrange a lecture tour for William Butler Yeats, a service he later performed for actress Florence Farr and for many other visiting celebrities" (ANB). Through John Quinn, Julia was introduced to the Yeats family, and, as prophesied in the inscription, John Butler Yeats (William Butler's father) did sketch her portrait. Julia was the principal heir of John Quinn's estate upon his death.

This is the fourth English edition of Yeats's collected poems, first published in 1895.

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Octavo. Original blue cloth, lettered and richly decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.


A fine copy, bright and square.


Wade 19.


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