Poems. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1904. Fourth English Edition (second issue in this famous binding). Pp, xiii, 300, uncut. Frontispiece portrait of the author by John B. Yeats. Publisher's blue cloth, richly decorated in gilt, in a binding designed by Althea Gyles. Foxing to preliminary leaves, otherwise a fine bright copy.
The First Edition was published in 1895, subsequent edition were published with a new preface, to which Yeats had revised and rewrote 'The Wanderings of Oisin' and ' The Countess Cathleen.'
The binding, is known as the second ‘golden design’ by Althea Gyles & was first used in the second edition of Poems published in 1899. Gyles was an artist and writer who lived an obscure, bohemian and tragic life. Her chief surviving work is the series of covers she designed for the books of W.B. Yeats. Her designs capture the spirit of Yeats’s passion for the occult and for symbolism. Not only is the design inspired, but also the execution is superlative. Copies often retain remarkably bright gilt on well-preserved blue cloth. Gyles also designed covers for ‘The Secret Rose’ and ‘The Wind Among the Reed’s. [Wade 19].