Reveries over Childhood and Youth (1916)
Book ID: 65000
Reveries over Childhood and Youth. London: Macmillan, 1916. First Edition. Pp viii, 213. Blue cloth boards with gilt design by Sturge Moore. Repair of tears to margin of frontispiece, contents in nice bright condition.
Frontispiece coloured plate entitled ‘Memory Harbour’ by Jack B. Yeats, with two portrait plates in the text by John B Yeats (the author’s father).
Memory Harbour was one of Yeats’ favourite drawings by his brother Jack, he described it thus:
‘Memory Harbour is the village of Rosses Point, Co. Sligo, but the distances shortened and the houses run together as in an old-fashioned panoramic map. The man on the pedestal in the middle of the river is ‘the metal man,’ and he points to where the water is deep enough for ships. The coffin, cross-bones, skull, and loaf at the point of the headland are to remind one of the sailor who was buried there by a ship’s crew in a hurry not to miss the tide. As they were not sure if he was really dead they buried with him a loaf as the story runs. My brother painted the picture many years ago.’