1902. Fine. YEATS, W. B. WHERE THERE IS NOTHING. A Drama in Five Acts. [N.p.] 1902. First American edition, second issue privately printed for John Quinn in a limited, large paper edition of 30 numbered copies. This copy is number nine and is signed by Yeats on the title-page. This edition was printed from the same type as the first issue, also printed by Quinn in a limited edition of 10-15 copies to secure copyright, only without the publisher's name on the title-page and imprint on verso, and with some errors corrected. [2, viii], 99[-102]. Octavo, 9 9/16 x 6 7/16 in., publisher's binding of pale green paper boards with white labels printed in black on upper board and spine, untrimmed and unopened; duplicate spine label inserted loose at front. A near fine copy, showing a touch of wear to paper at heel, crown and fore corners, and some sunning along the top front board and edges (where the glassine had been missing) else clean and fresh. Housed in a custom clamshell box with most of the publisher's damaged glassine wrapper laid-in. Initially WHERE THERE IS NOTHING was to have been a collaborative effort between W. B. Yeats and George Moore; but their union was a brief one, with Yeats deciding to continue alone. When Moore claimed to have written a novel based upon the scenario they had discussed together and threatened to get an injunction blocking Yeats from publishing his play in England, Yeats acted. Feeling strongly that each man was free to use his own contributions to the story, he rushed to complete - and publish - his five-act play: it first appeared as a newspaper supplement to THE UNITED IRISHMAN; then John Quinn secured the American copyright by arranging for a small edition for deposit with the New York firm John Lane, as well as arranging for this limited large-paper edition (as detailed above). The American issues contain a dedication to Lady Gregory, dated September 19, 1902, which does not appear in any subsequent edition. (Although Lady Gregory did reprint some, but not all, of it in OUR IRISH THEATRE, 1914.) (Wade 43; Yeats, DRAMATIS PERSONAE 1896-1902; Reid, THE MAN FROM NEW YORK, pp. 8-11).
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