"AND WHAT ROUGH BEAST, ITS HOUR COME ROUND AT LAST, SLOUCHES TOWARDS BETHLEHEM TO BE BORN?": YEATS' LATER POEMS, ONE OF ONLY 250 SIGNED COPIES
YEATS, William Butler. Later Poems. New York: Macmillan, 1924. Octavo, original half blue cloth, paper labels, uncut and unopened. $3800.
First American edition, number 120 of only 250 copies signed by Yeats.
Contains all of Yeats' non-dramatic poems written between 1899 and 1921, during which he published The Wind among the Reeds, In the Seven Woods, The Green Helmet and Other Poems, The Wild Swans at Coole, Michael Robartes and the Dancer and other works. "One should try to possess all these books… to study the development of the greatest poet of the century… [He developed] a set of ideas and images which glow through the deceptive simplicity of his verse forms and render his lightest song elusively" (Connolly, 41, 24). First published in London in 1922. Without scarce original slipcase. Wade 135. Roth 180.
Mild foxing to endpapers only, text clean; some toning to spine. A near-fine signed copy.