The Countess Kathleen

And Various Legends and Lyrics

YEATS, W.B.

YEATS, W.B. The Countess Kathleen And Various Legends and Lyrics

T. Fisher Unwin, 1892.

First edition. Publisher's quarter parchment over olive green boards, titled to spine with the 'Cameo Series' emblem to the upper cover. Engraved frontispiece by T.J. Nettleship. A very good copy with some tanning to the spine and a split to the top of the rear joint. Corners worn and yapp foredges worn. Internally clean.

One of 500 copies. The Countess Kathleen is the title of Yeats's first play, but this also contains, as the title suggest, some of his best early verse including "Apologia addressed to Ireland in the coming days", which is described by Yeats's biographer, R.E.Foster as "the most powerful poetic rhetoric which he had yet written... Pace, inventiveness, rhythm and audacity struck the note already identified as uniquely Yeatsian; it also announced his arrival as a frankly political poet." - (W. B. Yeats: A Life)

PROVENANCE: Walter and Dorothy Donnely (bookplate to front pastedown).

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