The Tower. New York: Macmillan, 1928. First US Edition. Pp vi, 110. Publisher's olive green cloth with binding design in gilt by Sturge Moore, depicting 'The Tower' of Ballylee, Co. Galway. A fine clean copy. [Wade 159].
The book’s title referred explicitly to Thoor Ballylee, a derelict Norman stone tower located near Coole Park, the estate owned by Yeats’ friend Lady Gregory. Yeats had purchased Thoor Ballylee in 1917. After the tower was restored, it became a summer home for himself and his wife, Georgie Hyde-Lees. T. Sturge-Moore’s beautiful image on the cover of The Tower shows Thoor Ballylee reflected in the still water below it. The image suggests both Yeats’ poetic self-reflection--the meditative quality of his verse. The Tower contained some of what were to be the poet’s most famous, most explicated poems. Yeats himself was very pleased with The Tower’s reception. He wrote his friend Lady Gregory that 'Tower is receiving great favour.'