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YEATS, W. B.

The Cat and the Moon and certain Poems.

Dublin, The Cuala Press, 1924 Stock Code: 131789
£950.00
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Notes

First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in May 1924. This is the first appearance of "The Cat and the Moon", "Leda and the Swan" and "The Lover Speaks". The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Lily and Elizabeth Yeats. 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). Copies in the original jacket are notably uncommon.

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Description

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

Illustrations

Title page vignette by T. Sturge Moore, contents page, and colophon in red.

Condition

Negligible bumps to spine ends, faint browning to endpapers; a near-fine copy in the soiled jacket with slight creasing to extremities.

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