Private Edition One of 30 Copies Only Yeats (William Butle...





Private Edition
One of 30 Copies Only

Yeats (William Butler). Poems.  Cuala Press, D. 1935, sm. qto, stiff blue paper covers, unlettered as issued, coloured initials and ornaments hand-drawn by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats,  hand coloured f.p. also by ECY, one of 30 copies privately printed for Eleanor Lady Yarrow.  A selection of nine poems, all from the early collections, presumably chosen by Lady Yarrow.  Small ink stain on upper cover, small brown stain on pp. 4-5, slightly affecting neighbouring pages.

Eleanor Lady Yarrow, nee Barnes, born in Hertfordshire, was the second wife of a leading Scottish shipbuilder, Sir Alfred Yarrow.  As a young woman she was a distinguished pianist and studied with Paderewski.  Before her marriage in 1922 she was a leading campaigner for women’s suffrage.  After her husband’s death in 1932 she moved to Ireland, living in Monkstown, where she died in 1953.

A copy of this work from Elizabeth Corbet Yeats’ personal collection was sold at Sotheby’s, 13.12.2007, lot 148, for £3,000 sterling.  Sotheby’s catalogue notes that only one other copy had appeared at auction in the previous 30 years.

Library Hub (formerly COPAC) records one copy only, in TCD.  There is also a copy in NLI, from WBY’s personal library.  Miller p. 130;  Wade 184.

One of the very rarest Yeats items, and a most attractive book.  (1)

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