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The Wild Swans at Coole...

Other Verses and a Play in Verse.

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Published: Dundrum The Cuala Press, 1917

Stock Code: 130084

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


First and limited edition, one of 400 copies. A superb association copy, with the humorous gift inscription of Sylvia Lynd, poet and founder of the Book Society, to her husband, critic, and journalist, "Robert Lynd - 27.11.'17. (an unbirthday present.) from S. L." (Robert's actual birthday was 20 April). Both Robert (1879-1949) and Sylvia (1888-1952) were central figures in contemporary Irish literary scene, as well as being committed Irish nationalists. The couple, who married on 21 April 1909, met at Gaelic League meetings in London, and were active in the Celtic revival movement championed by Yeats, who would often visit their Hampstead home. Lynd reviewed Yeats on a number of occasions, and wrote that in "The Fisherman" (which is included in this collection at p. 6) Yeats "has figured the pride of genius and the passion of defeated love in words that are beautiful in themselves, but trebly beautiful in their significances" (Jeffares, p. 223).
Laid in is an autograph letter signed from Elizabeth Yeats to Sylvia Lynd, on Cuala Industries headed paper. She discusses sending this copy of Wild Swans, the general running of the press, the health of their families, and the ongoing war, "My dear Sylvia, I have sent you the book. Please thank Mr. Lynd very much for the nice little notice of it in The Daily News... Since that we have got a good many orders from quite fresh people", ending the note "Aren't you longing for peace...? Is it any nearer?" The Wild Swans at Coole was printed by Elizabeth at The Cuala Press, one half of Cuala Industries. A co-operative business run with Lily 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). In 1919 The Wild Swans at Coole was expanded and published under the same title in both the UK and US.

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


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


Very minor rubbing to tips, edges of covers and endpaper margins faded, as usual, top edge dust toned, else a near-fine copy.


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