The Countess Kathleen
And Various Legends and Lyrics.London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1892 Stock Code: 133548
First edition, number one of 30 printed on japon, specially bound in full vellum, and signed by the publisher T. Fisher Unwin, this being his own retained copy. Countess Kathleen was Yeats's second collection, and the first to include "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", perhaps his most famous poem. "His best writing of the 1890s would follow the form set by 'Innisfree', with its deceptively simple language and dramatic personal interventions" (ODNB). This was one of 500 copies printed in September 1890 as part of Unwin's Cameo Series.
Octavo. Original full vellum, titles gilt to spine, "Cameo Series" emblem brown to front board. Housed in a green morocco-backed bookform slipcase and chemise.
Frontispiece by J. T. Nettleship.
Some minor blotches to vellum, but the copy generally sound, attractive, and overall in excellent condition.
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