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YEATS, W. B.

The Wild Swans at Coole.

Other Verses and a Play in Verse.

Dundrum: The Cuala Press, 1917 Stock Code: 143926
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A near-fine copy

First and limited edition, one of 400 copies. One of Yeats's major poetry collections, the title was printed by Yeats's sister, Elizabeth Corbet. The collection includes the much-loved title poem, alongside one of his most enduring poems, "An Irish Airman Foresees his Death".

The Cuala Press, a co-operative business with Lily Yeats, was founded with the aim of reviving the craft of book printing in Ireland and "to give work to Irish girls" (McMurtrie, p. 472). It played a key role in both the Celtic Revival and the Arts and Crafts movements in Ireland. This work was expanded and published under the same title, in both the UK and US, in 1919.

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Description

Octavo. Original buff linen-backed dark blue boards, paper label to spine printed in black, front board lettered in black, dark blue endpapers, untrimmed.

Illustrations

Colophon and charging unicorn device by Robert Gregory printed in red.

Condition

Edges of boards and endpapers partially sunned, boards very slightly sprung, contents clean. A near-fine copy.

Bibliography

McMurtrie, Douglas, The Book: The Story of Printing and Bookmaking, Oxford University Press (1943); Ransom p. 92 and p. 240; Wade 118.

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