1893 · London
This work is a compilation of twenty-six poems and essays, many having been previously published in various periodicals; per Clute and Grant, "The Celtic Twilight" is "a miscellany of tales, fables and sketches showing the relationship between humankind and the fairies." Included are: "A Teller of Tales", "Belief and Unbelief", "A Visionary", "Village Ghosts", "A Knight of the Sheep", "The Sorcerers", "The Last Gleeman", "Regina, Regina Pigmeorum, Veni", "Kidnappers", "The Untiring Ones", "The Man and His Boots", "A Coward", "The Three O'Byrnes and the Evil Faeries", "Drumcliff and Rosses", "The Thick Skull of the Fortunate", "The Religion of a Sailor", "Concerning the Nearness Together of Heaven, Earth, and Purgatory", "The Eaters of Precious Stones", "Our Lady of the Hills", "The Golden Age", "A Remonstrance with Scotsmen for Having Soured the Disposition of Their Ghosts and Faeries", and "The Four Winds of Desire".
Yeats himself, in his preface entitled "This Book", states "[n]ext to the desire, which every artist feels, to create for himself a little world out of the beautiful, pleasant, and significant things of this marred and clumsy universe, I have desired to show in a vision something of the face of Ireland to any of my own people who care for things of this kind..."
With a frontispiece by Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957), both an artist and Olympic medalist (for his painting "The Liffey Swim") and was, of course, the brother of W.B. Yeats.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full green ribbed cloth over boards, the front board unadorned, the spine with gilt lettering (the name of the publisher all in capital letters), the rear board with the publisher's device embossed in blind, top edge rough-cut, fore- and bottom edges uncut, a prior owner's name written in fountain pen at the gutter edge of the front free endpaper with the date of publication (1893), frontis by J.B. Yeats entitled "The Last Gleeman", title page in red and black with publisher's device; duodecimo size (6 3/4" by 4 1/8"), pagination: [i-ix] x-xii [1-3] 4-212.
___CONDITION: Better than very good, the cloth binding clean, the corners straight with minimual rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior clean and uniformly very lightly toned, the sole prior owner marking we see being the vintage name with the 1893 date as set forth above; note that we had a professional restore the head and tail of the spine which are now strong, the work somewhat visible but was necessary to protect the book, the spine has mellowed to brown (as is so often the case with green), and the gilt lettering on the spine slightly dulled. Still overall a better than very good copy externally and near fine to fine internally.
___CITATION: Clute and Grant p. 1042; Wade 8, with publisher's name on spine all in caps (first issue).
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