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YEATS, W. B.

Rare books by W. B. Yeats, including first editions and signed first edition copies of The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems and the collected Poems. 

Widely considered to be one of the foremost English language poets, Yeats (1865 – 1939) remains a staple of both the Irish and British literary cannons. The first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize, he enjoyed a fruitful career as a dramatist before turning to poetry seriously later in his career. His Nobel win was based chiefly on his dramatic works.

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  1. The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems.
    First edition, first impression. A major literary association copy with Yeats's contemporary presentation inscription to the first blank leaf, "To the poet of the North Countrie Joseph Skipsey with the author's kind regards". Yeats has made minor corrections to the text on four pages. The recipient was a remarkable figure... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 81939

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  2. The Wanderings of Oisin and other poems.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Yeats on the front free endpaper, "To James A. Healy, most of the subscribers for the book were found by John O'Leary, the Fenian leader. W. B. Yeats." James Augustine Healy (1890 Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 112219

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  3. The Land of Heart's Desire.
    First US edition, limited issue, one of 450 copies. It was first published in the UK earlier the same year. The Land of Heart's Desire premiered at the Avenue Theatre on 29 March 1894, and was Yeats's first acted play. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 112216

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  4. The Shadowy Waters.
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, of Yeats's lyrical, visionary play which tells a story of love between Forgael, a dreamer-pirate, and Dectora, a proud queen whose ship he captures. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 91808

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  5. The Shadowy Waters.
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, of Yeats's lyrical, visionary play which tells a story of love between Forgael, a dreamer-pirate, and Dectora, a proud queen whose ship he captures. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 108461

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  6. The Celtic Twilight.
    First revised and enlarged edition, first impression. It was originally published in 1893, from which one essay, "The Four Winds of Desire", is omitted. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 112147

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  7. A complete set of the Dun Emer Press books.
    An attractive complete set of the books issued by the Dun Emer Press, a private press established by Yeats's sisters and which played an important part in the Celtic Revival. The poet acted as literary editor and subsidised its productions; a number of the publications are Yeats first editions. "In 1902, when [Lily] Yeats... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 102604

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  8. Plays for an Irish Theatre.
    First edition thus, the complete set of Plays for an Irish Theatre; volumes 1-3 are the first UK editions of six of Yeats's plays, volume 4 is the first UK edition of Synge's play "The Well of the Saints", and volume 5 the first edition Yeats's play "Deirdre". Scarce complete. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 83992

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  9. The Tables of the Law and The Adoration of the Magi.
    First edition, deluxe issue, printed on slightly thicker paper than the trade issue and bound in boards rather than blue paper wrappers. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 112215

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  10. The Cutting of an Agate.
    First edition, first printing, preceding the UK edition by seven years. Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 112224

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  11. Per Amica Silentia Lunae.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 112141

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  12. The Cutting of An Agate.
    First UK edition, first impression. The 1912 New York publication of this title had substantially different contents. An attractive copy and uncommon in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 84212

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  13. The Cutting of an Agate.
    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US in 1912. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 112151

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  14. Four Plays for Dancers.
    First Edition, First Impression. Very uncommon in dust jacket. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 39862

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  15. Four Years.
    First edition, first impression; one of 400 copies this memoir of Yeats's first four years in London. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 112223

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  16. [A group of his works presented by him to actress Margot Collis (Marguerite Ruddock)]:
    Presentation copies to his lover Margot Collis, inscribed by Yeats "To Margot from her friend W B Yeats Oct 1934" on the front free endpaper or half-title in four works. Plays in Prose and Verse contains two authorial annotations, signed by Yeats with his initials, one to the beginning of the play Deirdre ("I have crossed... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 101729

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  17. The Bounty of Sweden: a Meditation, and a Lecture Delivered Before the Royal Swedish Academy and Certain Notes.
    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies. Contains Yeats's impressions of Stockholm from his visit there in December 1923 to receive his Nobel Prize for Literature, and give a lecture (largely concerning the Abbey Theatre), which is included. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 83419

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  18. The Death of Synge, and other passages from an old diary.
    First edition, first impression; 400 copies printed. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 84001

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  19. The Tower.
    First edition, first impression, of what is generally accepted to be Yeats's single most important collection. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 112111

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  20. The Death of Synge, and other passages from an old diary.
    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 112249

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