The Tower. First Edition (1928)
Book ID: 66800
The Tower. London: Macmillan, 1928. First Edition. Pp, 110, uncut & unopened. Olive green cloth, designed in gilt by Sturge Moore, depicting ‘The Tower’ of Ballylee, Co. Galway. A near fine copy in similar dust jacket, which has a little wear to head of spin. Housed in collector’s solander box.
Yeats’ single most important collection of poems, containing “Sailing To Byzantium”, “Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen”, “Leda and the Swan”, “Among School Children” & “All Souls’ Night”, among other masterpieces. Yeats himself was very pleased with The Tower’s reception. He wrote his friend Lady Gregory that “Tower is receiving great favour.”
The beautiful image on the upper cover shows Thoor Ballylee reflected in the still water below it. The image suggests both Yeats’ poetic self-reflection & the meditative quality of his verse.
Thomas Sturge Moore (1870 1944) was an English author, poet and wood engraver especially noted for his bookplate designs. He designed several bindings for Yeats, however this is by far his most notable one.