Jack B. Yeats, An Appreciation. Inscribed Presentation Copy With Sketch (1945)
Author: Thomas MacGreevy
Book ID: 64619
Jack B. Yeats, An Appreciation and an Interpretation. Dublin: Waddington, 1945. First Edition, Trade Issue. Pp 39, with 20 plates bound-in at the end. Gray paper boards, lettered in red, in publisher’s matching dust jacket. Jacket lightly chipped at head of spine, otherwise a nice bright copy. Housed in collector’s solander box.
Presentation copy, Inscribed by the Author on title page: ‘For George O’Donnell, from Jack B. Yeats, Dublin August 1st, 1945,’ with detailed sketch with three mast ship, figure playing with toy boat on strand (possibly Sligo bay).
Written at Jack Yeats’ own request, this was an important production in terms of raising Yeats’ reputation overseas. Whilst the idea for the book first arose in 1931, it failed to take root owing to the reluctance of London publishers to take on what seemed an expensive and risky venture. In 1942 Yeats had a joint show with William Nicholson and consequently became better known in Britain, but by then wartime economies precluded the publishing of art books, thus it did not appear until 1945.