The Wanderings Of Oisin And Other Poems. First Edition (1889)
Book ID: 62190
The Wanderings of Oisin and other Poems. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, 1889. First Edition. Pp, vi, 156, uncut. Publisher’s dark blue cloth, titled lettered in gilt to spine and upper cover, monogram stamped in blind to centre back cover. Light shelf wear & mottling to cloth, upper right corner bumped, spotting to endpapers, contents in very good condition. Housed in collector’s solander box.
Yeats’ second book, published two years after the ‘Mosada.’ It is also his first original cloth-bound publication & first collected edition of his poems. One of five hundred copies published.
In addition to the title poem, the last epic-scale poem that Yeats ever wrote, the book includes a number of short poems that he would later collect under the title ‘Crossways’ in his Collected Poems (1895). Yeats wrote: ‘The Wanderings of Oisin was published by subscription, John O’Leary finding almost all the subscribers.’