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Poems. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1908. Fifth Edition. Binding designed by Althea Gyles by W.B. Yeats on sale for €450.00
Poems. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1908. Fifth Edition. Binding designed by Althea Gyles by W.B. Yeats on sale for €€450.00 ×
  • Poems. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1908. Fifth Edition. Binding designed by Althea Gyles by W.B. Yeats on sale for €450.00

Poems. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1908. Fifth Edition. Binding designed by Althea Gyles

W.B. Yeats

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  • Category: Celtic Revival, Drama, Gift Ideas, Literature, Poetry

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Poems. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1908. Fifth Edition. Pages, xiii, 301, uncut. Frontispiece portrait of the author by John B. Yeats. Original blue cloth, richly decorated in gilt, in a binding designed by Althea Gyles. A near fine copy, with some scattered browning to preliminary pages. Neat ownership name in ink to front free endpaper. The First Edition of this famous collection 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. 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 20].

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