SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF YEATS' A VISION, ONE OF ONLY 600 COPIES SIGNED BY YEATS
YEATS, William Butler. A Vision. An Explanation of Life Founded Upon the Writings of Giraldus and Upon Certain Doctrines Attributed to Kusta Ben Luka. London: Privately Printed for Subscribers Only by T. Werner Laurie, 1925. Octavo, original half parchment, gray-green paper boards, paper spine label, uncut, original dust jacket. $2700.
Signed limited first edition, number 10 of only 600 copies signed by Yeats, with three illustrations by Edmund Dulac and numerous in-text diagrams, with rarely found dust jacket.
In 1917 Yeats "received a new, universal mythology through the medium of his wife. This mythology is embodied in… A Vision. The mythology—far more complex, private, and, systematized than the Irish myths behind his earlier poetry… concerns the 28 phases of the moon, relating them to types of human personality and the history of civilization, seen as huge complementary cycles" (Hornstein, 571). The concept of the gyre, put forth in A Vision, elucidates some of Yeats' most famous poetry, including "Leda and the Swan" and "The Second Coming." Wade 149. Roth 194. Hughey 66.
Book with interior generally fine, toning to boards, and bump to base of spine. Dust jacket with toning, light wear to extremities and spine label. A near-fine signed copy.