The Poems of W.B. Yeats. The Definitive Edition in Two Volumes. Published: London: Macmillan, 1949. Volume One: The Wanderings of Oisin; Crossways; The Rose; The Wind Among the Reeds; the Old Age of Queen Maeve; Baile and Aillinn; In the Seven Woods; The Shadowy Waters; from ‘The Green Helmet and other Poems; Responsibilities. Volume Two - The Wild Swans at Coole; Michael Roberts and the Dances; The Tower; The Winding Stair and other Poems; from ‘A Full Moon in March;’ Last Poems. The Edition is limited to 350 Copies, printed on specially made Glastonbury Ivory Toned Antique Laid paper, and Signed by the Author. Bound in olive green buckram with bevelled boards, monogram of author’s initials inside gold circle on front cover; in original glassine jackets. Publisher's original prospectus loosely inserted. Housed in publisher's brown cardboard slipcase.
From the time before his death Yeats was engaged in revising the text of this edition of his poems, of which he had corrected the proofs, and for which he had signed the special page to appear at the beginning of volume one. However with his death in 1939, and the outbreak of war later that year, Macmillan shelved the project and it was not until 1949 that the edition was issued. A near fine set of this beautiful edition. A fitting testament to Ireland’s finest poet.