"I HAVE SAID ALL THE GOOD I KNOW AND ALL THE EVIL": LIMITED EDITION OF AUTOBIOGRAPHIES, 1927, ONE OF ONLY 250 COPIES SIGNED BY YEATS
YEATS, William Butler. Autobiographies: Reveries Over Childhood and Youth, and the Trembling of the Veil. New York: Macmillan, 1927. Octavo, original half blue cloth, original paper labels on front cover and spine, uncut. $2700.
Signed limited first American edition, number 76 of only 250 copies signed by Yeats—his "great Romantic achievement, a vision of personal history as art"—with frontispiece portrait and four plates, including color plate of Jack Yeats' "Memory Harbour."
Autobiographies "is the essential companion to the poems and play… that great Romantic achievement: a vision of personal history as art… it shows Yeats at work—summoning his people, realizing his places, making a world" (O'Donnell & Archibald, eds. Autobiographies, 10). It contains two of Yeats' autobiographical works: Trembling of the Veil (1922) and Reveries over Childhood and Youth (1915). With frontispiece portrait of Yeats from a drawing by his father and four plates, including mounted color plate of Jack B. Yeats' "Memory Harbour." Preceded only by the 1926 English edition. Without original slipcase. Roth 201. Wade 152. Gift inscription. Bookplates.
Interior fine, light edge-wear, mild soiling to boards. A handsome extremely good signed copy.