The Wild Swans At Coole (1919)
Book ID: 66733
The Wild Swans At Coole. London: Macmillan, 1919. First Edition Thus. Pp ix, 114, untrimmed. Blue cloth covers with design and lettering in gilt to upper cover and spine, by Sturge Moore. Light shelf-wear to boards, contents in very good condition.
The first trade edition, preceded by the Cuala Press limited edition of 400 copies, published in 1917. In addition to the twenty-nine pomes which appeared in the Cuala Pres issue, this edition expanded to forty poems and included the first book appearances of ‘In Memory of Major Robert Gregory’ and ‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death.’
Coole Park was the famous country home of Lady Gregory. Yeats’s home at Thoor Ballylee was just three miles away. Yeats, O’Casey, Synge, Shaw and most of the writers of the Irish Renaissance found Coole a place of inspiration. The house and grounds were immortalised in Yeats’s poems ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’ and ‘Coole Park,’ and much of his poetry contains imagery inspired by his experiences there.