Item #101931 John Sherman, and Dhoya, by Ganconagh. William Butler YEATS.

John Sherman, and Dhoya, by Ganconagh

London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1892 (third edition)/ [November] 1891 (second edition)/ [September] 1891 [first edition].

Duodecimo, [iv], 195, [1] (colophon) pages.

Light tan cloth, ruled and lettered in blue, top edge gilt, others uncut; corners lightly bumped; minimal wear to the head and foot of the spine; endpapers lightly foxed and offset, with a trifling blemish to the rear flyleaf; an excellent copy.

These first extended prose works by Yeats were published together as Volume 10 in Unwin's Pseudonym Library. The first edition in cloth has always been rare, but later research suggests that the second and third editions are even rarer. The Yeats scholar Richard Finneran notes in his introduction to the 1991 edition of this work that it is 'rather likely that the accepted figure of 2,000 copies for the first edition (1,644 paper, 356 cloth) may well encompass at least both the first and second "editions" ... It seems virtually certain that ... they were printed simultaneously, the only difference being the cover and title page'. In 1892, Unwin issued a third 'edition'; 'Yeats makes no mention of this "edition" in the extant correspondence, and it is likely to have consisted of a small number of copies.... It is possible the total print run of 2,000 copies includes this edition as well'.

Item #101931

Price (AUD): $2,000.00

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