The Tables of the Law and The Adoration of the Magi. Privately Printed, 1897. Pp 47, uncut. Frontispiece portrait of the author by John B. Yeats. Red buckram boards, title lettered in gilt to spine. Ownership bookplate to front pastedown. Light spotting and offsetting to endpapers, otherwise a very good copy.
Privately printed in a limited numbered edition of 110 copies
Yeats said of this copy in October 1901: "The portrait which is by my father, & the Latin which is by Lionel Johnson, are the only things which are worth anything in this little book."
The rare first book edition of 'The Tables of the Law' which was first published in 1896 in "The Savoy." These two stories from Yeats’ Red Hanrahan series were written during the height of Yeats’ fascination with the occult. At the time the work was very controversial due to its focus on mysticism and the apocalypse.