FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL GILT CLOTH OF YEATS’S FIRST COLLECTION OF VERSE. ONE OF ONLY 750 COPIES.
“Until the publication of Poems (1895), Yeats’s early literary achievement rested significantly on his work as a folklorist...” Yeats’s publication of Poems “saw the start of his lifelong commitment to weeding and rewriting his early work into a canon. His approach, as Hugh Kenner has put it, was that of 'an architect, not a decorator; he didn't accumulate poems, he wrote books', each collection a polished and coherent whole” (Cambridge Companion to W.B. Yeats; R.F. Foster, DNB).
With beautiful decorated cloth and title page after designs by H. Granville Fell. Contains such classics as “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” The Rose cycle, and the longer works, “The Wanderings of Usheen,” and “The Countess Cathleen” (dedicated to Maud Gonne).
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1895. Octavo, original gilt-decorated cloth; housed in stunning custom half calf gilt box by noted book designer Sjoerd Hoftra. Toning to spine (as often), mild soiling to cloth. A few scholarly notes in pencil, text nearly pristine.
Price: $2,900 .