Selections from the Writings.Dundrum: The Cuala Press, 1912 Stock Code: 139300
First edition thus, first impression, one of 250 copies. Lord Dunsany, "unquestionably one of the most important writers of heroic fantasy of the century" was a friend of W. B. Yeats's through their mutual involvement in the Abbey Theatre, where Dunsany's first contribution to the to the Irish theatre movement, The Glittering Gate, was performed in 1909 (Bleiler). This attractively produced collection includes the first act of King Argimēnēs and the Unknown Warrior: "one of the most successful plays every produced at the Abbey", and The Gods of the Mountain: "perhaps Dunsany's best tragedy in which a group of beggars impersonate the gods who turn them to stone for their insolence" (Joshi & Schweitzer, p. 3 & ODNB). Yeats's introduction to this work "remains one of the acutest early analyses" of Dunsany's work (Joshi & Schweitzer, p. 6).
The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Yeats's sisters Lily and Elizabeth. Cuala Industries was founded with the aim of reviving the craft of book printing in Ireland and "to give work to Irish girls" (McMurtrie, p. 472). The press's "clearly legible, slender volumes with their distinctive paper labels may be seen as the sole survivors of the handcrafted ideal established in 1900 by Walker and T. J. Cobden-Sanderson's Doves Press" (ODNB).
Octavo. Entirely unopened in original buff linen-backed grey boards, titles to front cover in black, grey endpapers.
Vignette to title page.
Cloth browned, top edge dust toned, small ink line to title page, else contents clean and bright; a very good copy indeed.
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