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124474
YEATS, W. B.

The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.

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Published: London Chapman & Hall Limited, imprinted at the Shakespeare Head Press, 1908

Stock Code: 124474

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Notes

First collected edition of Yeats's work, signed by Yeats on the half-title of the last volume and very scarce thus, one of the 250 first issue sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the publisher's imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakespeare Head Press. The signature to the half-title of volume eight reads "W. B. Yeats, Nov 16 1916" - this volume also bears the illustrated bookplate of Lady Violet Leconfield (1892-1952), who married Charles Henry, 3rd Baron Leconfield (1872-1952) in 1911. They lived at Petworth House (shown on her illustrated bookplate), one of England's greatest aristocratic houses, was friend to numerous authors including Alice Meynell, and even co-wrote a book of poems, "A Petworth Posie" (1918) with Rudyard Kipling. Yeats may have been introduced to Lady Leconfield through Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, who was born at Petworth, or through Leconfield's lifelong friend "Ettie" Lady Besborough, who had been attracting Yeats as a party guest since 1911. As a production, this collected edition is regarded as a marvellous piece of publishing (Yeats himself was proud of it, remarking, "I think nobody of our time has had so fine an edition - I believe it will greatly strengthen my position"), collecting, with the poet's own selection and arrangement, a substantially complete corpus (poems, plays and prose) of his first canon of work, before the finding of his later voice.

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Description

8 volumes, octavo. Publisher's vellum-backed boards, grey cloth sides, gilt titles to spines and sides, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.

Illustrations

With 4 portrait frontispieces in the set.

Condition

Volumes 1-7 with later bookplates. Spines generally clean, a few boards slightly bowed, light rubbing to fore-corners, some marks or minor abrasion to cloth sides, endpapers a little toned or spotted but otherwise internally fresh and entirely sound, a very good set.

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