SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF YEATS' PLAYS IN PROSE AND VERSE, ONE OF ONLY 250 SIGNED COPIES
YEATS, William Butler. Plays in Prose and Verse Written for An Irish Theatre, and Generally with the Help of a Friend. New York: Macmillan, 1924. Octavo, original half blue cloth, brown paper boards, paper labels, uncut and unopened. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Signed limited first American edition, number 65 of only 250 copies signed by Yeats.
This collection contains "Cathleen ni Houlihan," "The Green Helmet," and nine other plays by Yeats for Dublin's Abbey Theatre. Shortly before his death, still wondering whether "Cathleen ni Houlihan" had played an instigating role in the Easter Rising, Yeats asks in his poem, "The Man and the Echo" (1938), "Did that play of mine / Send out certain men the English shot?" Without scarce original slipcase. Roth 182. Wade 137.
Text very fresh, only faint toning to spine, tiny bit of rubbing to rear board. A handsome about-fine copy.