The Tower. London: Macmillan, 1928. First Edition. Pp vi, 110, , uncut. Original smooth olive green cloth, designed in gilt by Sturge Moore, depicting 'The Tower' of Ballylee, Co. Galway, to upper cove & gilt blocked spine. Light rubbling to covers, contents with occassional mild spoting to margins otherwise a very good copy. Portrait of a young W.B. Yeats (from a drawing by his father) pasted to front free endpaper. [Wade 158].
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.' Thomas Sturge Moore [1870 1944], English author, poet and wood engraver especially noted for his bookplate designs. He designed several bindings for Yeats, however this is by far his most notable one.