1928. London: MacMillan and Co., 1928.
8vo, vi, 110, 2 pp. Original gilt-stamped green cloth, with dust jacket, decorations designed by Sturge Moore. A remarkably fine copy, cloth and gilt bright and beautiful in remnants of the original glassine, pages unmarked, small name in ink at the top of front free endpaper; dust-jacket with a hint of wear to the top of the spine panel and upper corners but otherwise unfaded and perfect.
§ First edition of one of Yeats's most important collections with many of his greatest poems, including "Sailing to Byzantium," "Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen," "Leda and the Swan," and "Among School Children." An uncommonly fine example of the famous binding, which was the result of careful consideration by Yeats and the designer Sturge Moore. "Moore had collaborated with Yeats on other covers and produced one of his best designs for this one. Their correspondence indicates Yeats's particular concern that the tower on the cover refer to Thoor Ballylee [his home] in particular. Yeats wrote: 'I am also sending you some photographs of the Tower. I need not make any suggestions, except that the Tower should not be too unlike the real object, or rather that it should suggest the real object. I like to think of that building as a permanent symbol of my work plainly visible to the passer-by. As you know, all my art theories depend upon just this - rooting of mythology in the earth.' In the end, Moore created a striking design of the tower stamped in gold on a green background. He included the cottages at the side (symbolic of folk tradition next to the aristocratic castle) and delighted Yeats by having the tower reflected in the stream (symbolic of existence) below. 'I think that the Tower is recognisably your Tower and not anyone else's,' wrote Moore." (Bornstein, George, in, The Cambridge Companion to W.B. Yeats, p.31). Wade 158. Item #123321