“In The Wild Swans at Coole, Yeats emerges as a map-maker of the self; he restores to modern man a discipline for reviving." -Colby Library Quarterly
LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF W.B YEATS’S THE WILD SWANS AT COOLE, ONE OF ONLY 400 COPIES PRINTED.
"In 1917 Yeats published The Wild Swans at Coole. From then onward he reached and maintained the height of his achievement—a renewal of inspiration and a perfecting of technique that are almost without parallel in the history of English poetry" (Britannica).
In addition to the classic title poem, the collection includes 28 other poems ("In Memory of Major Robert Gregory", "An Irish Airman Foresees his Death", "Men Improve with the Years", "Ego Dominus Tuus", "The Scholars", et al.) as well as the play "At the Hawk's Well".
Elegantly published in a limited edition of 400 copies by the Cuala press, a small operation founded by Yeats’s sisters. The Cuala Press is regarded as a groundbreaking endeavor that brought many male and female Irish writers to the forefront of the literary world. “This press [Cuala], gave a large proportion of the best living Irish writers a public, and a reputation” (Robin Skelton, Massachusetts Review) .
Cuala Press: Churchtown, Dundrum, 1917. Octavo, publisher’s grey linen spine over blue paper-covered boards; custom box. Title in black lettering on front cover with paper title label to spine. Unicorn seal of the Cuala Press on page preceding title page. Blue endpapers. Colophon in red at rear. A little fading at top of back board, a tiny bit of rubbing to spine label edges, a few stray spots to endpapers. An outstanding copy, rare in such good condition.
Price: $2,500 .