YEATS

[Lawrence Wilson, brother of the Ulster Irish poet R. N. D. Wilson.] Unpublished Typescript Memoir titled '”There were giants............” | Memories of an Ulster boyhood.' With accounts of W. B. Yeats, Paul Henry and others.

Author: 
Lawrence Wilson, brother of R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster Irish poet, son of Rev. W. A. Wilson of Coleraine [W. B. Yeats; Lennox Robinson; Paul Henry; AE]
Publication details: 
Foreword dated 5 July 1973, from '9 Chemin Calendrini, Conches. près Genève.' On title-page: 'Begun Jan. 17th, 1965.'
£450.00

This unpublished memoir was produced for circulation within Wilson's family. The only other copy found on either OCLC WorldCat or COPAC is in the National Library of Scotland. It is well-written, entertaining and conversational, and describes a privileged Ulster upbringing, the author's mother being a member of the Taylor family of Coleraine whiskey distillers, and his great-uncle being the MP Daniel Taylor (1825-1889). Lawrence Wilson's father was Rev.

[Trinity College Dublin.] Two printed degree lists (by M. W. J. Fry and C. H. Rowe, Procurators), both headed 'Comitia Hiemalia'. One including the honorary doctorate bestowed on W. B. Yeats ('Yeats, Guilelmus [sic] Butler').

Author: 
Trinity College Dublin [W. B. Yeats and R. N. D. Wilson, Irish poets; Matthew Wyatt Joseph Fry and Charles Henry Rowe, Procurators]
Publication details: 
Trinity College Dublin, 1922. Both headed: 'Termino S. Michaelis. | Habita Die Vicesimo Decembris, | MCMXXII.'
£300.00

From the papers of the Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), whose Trinity degree is recorded in Item Two. Two nice pieces of Trinity ephemera, with Yeats's receipt of an honorary degree (with unfortunate misprint) adding interest. Both items printed on blue paper, and both in fair condition, lightly aged. Both headed 'Comitia Hiemalia | Termino S. Michaelis. | Habita Die Vicesimo Decembris, | MCMXXII. | Nomina Candidatorum.' Both giving lists of names, in small type, grouped under the Latin names of the various degrees they are receiving. ONE: 2pp, folio.

'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell, Irish nationalist poet, mystic and theosophist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('AE') to 'Wilson' [i.e. Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson], regarding his whereabouts following a trip to the United States.

Author: 
'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell (1867-1935), Irish nationalist poet, mystic and theosophist [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster Irish poet]
Publication details: 
17 Rathgar Avenue, Dublin; 'Thursday' [no date].
£220.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The letter reads: 'Dear Wilson. | I have just returned from U.S.A. & am going next Monday or Tuesday to Donegal for a much needed holiday. I expect to be away a month. If your friend is in Dublin when I come back I will be glad to see him But in a month I will be out of the world. | Yours ever | AE'

'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell, Irish nationalist poet and mystic.] Typed Letter Signed ('AE') to Lawrence Wilson, apologising for not being able to publish his poem and referring to 'his friend Wilson in Sligo', i.e. R. N. D. Wilson

Author: 
'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell (1867-1935), Irish nationalist poet and mystic [Lawrence Wilson, brother of R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Irish Statesman, 84 Merrion Square, Dublin; 30 January [no year].
£200.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. He explains that he likes Wilson's poem 'very much', and that he would take it with pleasure, but that he has 'got a copy box stuffed with verse, some of it waiting publication for over a year', and that he has 'not the conscience to take more'. He continues, with reference to R. N. D. Wilson: 'I hear from my friend Wilson in Sligo that you are a brother of his. I am interested to know that the talent for poetry exists in two members of the family.'

{Printed] The Stage Society News, nos. 1-26 (14 Nov. 1903-23 May 1907 = Fifth Season). With an incomplete run of Programmes, 1901-1938.

Author: 
[The Stage Society; ?Allan Wade (1881 – 1955), actor, theatre director and writer, bibliographer of Yeats.]
Publication details: 
1903-1907
£400.00

Unbound, 4-16pp, 8vo and 4to, minor damage to two, mainly good condition. Articles, reviews, programmes, information, advertisements. In the first number, for example, there is an introductory, anticipations of Gorki's "Lower Depths", a Brieuz, and Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra", "New Members Elected" (inc. Mrs Pethwick-Lawrence), events, former productions, "Managing Committee", "Rules for 1903-1904", "Bye_law (e.g. removal of hats by Ladies), and advertisements.

[ J. M. Synge's 'Playboy of the Western World'. ] Front-page article from 'The Gaelic American', carrying a report of 'New York's Protest against a Vile Play!', accompanied by a caricature of W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory.

Author: 
[ John Devoy (1842-1928), proprietor and editor of 'The Gaelic American', New York [ J. M. Sygne [ John Millington Synge ]; George Bernard Shaw; W. B. Yeats; Lady Gregory; The Abbey Theatre, Dublin ]
Publication details: 
New York. 2 December 1911. [ 'Vol. VIII, No. 48, Whole No. 429'. ]
£50.00

The front and back covers of the newspaper are present, forming a bifolium. A frail and scarce survival. Heavily-aged newsprint, chipped and worn, with the top and bottom halves of the front page separated along a horizontal fold line. The article on Synge's play covers the first two of the six columns on the front page, with a further quarter-column on the back page.

[ Printed pamphlet with signed inscription by the author. ] "Gilds and their Functions." A Paper read before the Society of Arts, January 29th, 1873. Thos. Webster, Q.C., F.R.S., in the chair.

Author: 
John Yeats, LL.D. [ The Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
A Paper read before the Society of Arts, January 29th, 1873. Thos. Webster, Q.C., F.R.S., in the chair.
£75.00

34pp., 12mo. Drophead title, with subtitle: 'A Paper read before the Society of Arts, January 29th, 1873. Thos. Webster, Q.C., F.R.S., in the chair. For details of the discussion, &c., see Journal of the Society, No. 1054, Vol. xxi.' Disbound and without covers. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Inscription at head of first page reads: 'With kind regards to Mr Cooper, | from | John Yeats'. The only copy on COPAC at Oxford University, and now excessively scarce.

[Printed exhibition catalogue.] William Butler Yeats 1865-1939 | Catalogue of an Exhibition 13th-22nd May 1965 | Opened by T. R. Henn, C.B.E., D.Litt. Fellow of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge.

Author: 
[W. B. Yeats [William Butler Yeats]; T. R. Henn [Thomas Rice Henn]; the Library, University of Newcastle upon Tyne; St Catharine's College, Cambridge]
Publication details: 
Newcastle upon Tyne: University of Newcastle upon Tyne. The Library. [1965.]
£76.00

[18]pp., 4to. Duplicated typed pamphlet, printed on the rectos of eighteen leaves, stapled into green card covers. Full-page introduction followed by catalogue with 59 entries, with commentary. Scarce: no copy traced on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

Printed collection of four Irish poems, with scores and illustrations, headed 'A Broadside': 'Pharao's Daughter' ['attributed to Michael Moran - 'Zosimus'']; 'The Riddle Song'; 'The Rose Tree' by W. B. Yeats (music by Arthur Duff); 'Famine Song'.

Author: 
[Irish ballads; Cuala Press; Colm O Lochlainn]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [Ireland, 1960s?]
£180.00

4pp., 4to. Printed on brown paper. In good condition, lightly-aged and with one corner dogeared. The only copy traced on OCLC WorldCat in the Thomas P. O'Neill Library at Boston College, in whose entry it is tentatively dated to the 1960s, with the note about the series to which it belongs: 'Primarily a selection and reprinting from Cuala Press' collected edition of Broadsides (new series), originally issued Jan.-Dec.

Circular Letter. To the Right Hon. David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of England

Author: 
[Sir Hugh Lane's Pictures]
Publication details: 
[1917].
£225.00

To the Right Hon. David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of England ([1917]). Circular Letter, mimeographed, awaiting a signature, one page, 4to, good condition.It commences, We, the undersigned Irish Artists and Writers venture to appeal ... The circumstances surrounding the disposition of Hugh Lane's Pictures are retailed, and an appeal for the codicil by which they were to go to Dublin to be respected.

Four issues of 'Inis Fáil. A Magazine for the Irish in London.' [Inisfáil; Inis Fail; Inisfail]

Author: 
Athlone Printing Works Co. Ltd. [Inis Fáil. A Magazine for the Irish in London; Inisfáil; Inis Fail; Inisfail; Ireland; Eire; periodical publication; magazines]
Publication details: 
Place of publication not stated [London?]
£125.00

Nos, 21-24 (all 1906), clean apart from rust to staples , some wear and staining, mainly good condition.'. No. 21 "Free Sample Copy" stamped on first page top. COPAC lists copies at the British Library, Cambridge, and Trinity College Dublin (the latter incomplete). The National Library of Ireland has a set (whether complete unclear).

A Broadside for July, 1911. [No. 2. Fourth Year] ['Blow, Bullies, Blow (Halliards Chanty)' with three illustrations by Jack B. Yeats.]

Author: 
Jack B. Yeats; Cuala Press
Publication details: 
1911. E.C. Yeats at the Cuala Press, Churchtown, Dundrum, County Dublin.
£100.00

4to bifolium (27.5 x 18.5 cm): 3 pp. 300 copies only. In fair condition: a little grubby, with a couple of light folds and slight wear to extremities. Hand-coloured illustrations on first (7.5 cm square) and second (7 x 10 cm) pages; full-page black and white illustration ('Derby Day') on third page. Final page blank.

A Broadside for March, 1914. [No. 10. Sixth Year] [the poems 'Nora Creina' and 'The Tan-Yard Side' with three illustrations by Yeats.]

Author: 
Jack B. Yeats; Cuala Press
Publication details: 
1914. By E. C. Yeats at the Cuala Press, Churchtown, Dundrum, County Dublin.
£100.00

4to bifolium (27.5 x 18.5 cm): 3 pp. 300 copies only. Good, on aged paper with a light vertical fold. Hand-coloured illustrations on first (7.5 x 10 cm) and second (9.5 x 7.5 cm) pages; full-page black and white illustration ('The Metropolitan Regatta Dublin') on third page. Final page blank.

A Broadside for February, 1914. [No. 9. Sixth Year] [Hyde's poem 'I shall not die for thee' and Guthrie's poem 'Paternoster Callaghan' with three illustrations by Yeats.]

Author: 
Jack B. Yeats; James Guthrie; Douglas Hyde; Cuala Press
Publication details: 
1914. By E.C. Yeats at the Cuala Press, Churchtown, Dundrum, County Dublin.
£200.00

4to bifolium (27.5 x 18.5 cm): 3 pp. 300 copies only. Good, on aged paper with a light vertical fold. Hand-coloured illustrations on first (7 x 10 cm) and second (8 x 7.5 cm) pages; black and white illustration ('Drowned Sailor', 12 x 10 cm) alone on third page. Final page blank. The first poem is not ascribed, but is known to be by Hyde.

Poems and Ballads of Young Ireland 1888. [Inscribed by the contributor Rose Kavanagh.]

Author: 
Rose Kavanagh (1860-1891), John Todhunter, Katherine Tynan, W. B. Yeats, Patrick Henry, T. W. Rolleston, Charles Gregory Fagan, Ellen O'Leary, Frederick J. Gregg, George Noble Plunkett, contributors
Publication details: 
Dublin: M. H. Gill and Son, O'Connell Street. 1888.
£600.00

Wade A289. 12mo: viii + 80 pp and errata slip. In original cream buckram binding, with title and harp decoration in gilt on front board. Black endpapers. Internally tight, on aged and spotted paper. Binding grubby, stained and worn, with slight damage at head and foot of spine. Some ink marking to the fourth stanza of the dedicatory poem to John O'Leary (p.1). Housed in a green solander box. Inscribed at head of title: 'Elizabeth Monteagle from Rose Kavanagh | June 21. 88'.

The Arrow. W. B. Yeats Commemoration Number.

Author: 
Edmund Dulac, Oliver St. John Gogarty, John Masefield, Lennox Robinson, William Rothenstein, Max Beerbohm, contributors [The Abbey Theatre, Dublin; W. B. Yeats; Irish literature]
Publication details: 
Summer 1939. Published by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. [Wood Printing Works, Ltd., Dublin.]
£50.00

4to, 24 pp. With four pages of illustrations (by J. B. Yeats, Charles Shannon, Sean O'Sullivan, Max Beerbohm and Edmund Dulac). Stapled. In original grey printed wraps. Aged and dog-eared, in worn wraps. The introduction, by 'L. R.', explains that 'THE ARROW is an occasional, a very occasional, publication by the Abbey Theatre. Only four numbers of it have appeared, two in 1906, one in 1907, 1908 and 1909.' Essays by John Masefield ('William Butler Yeats'), F. R.

Offprint titled 'William Butler Yeats. Aetat. 70', containing pieces by Hackett, O Faolain, Higgins, Johnston, de Blacam and Malone, in celebration of the poet's seventieth birthday, also a photograph of Yeats and facsimile of one of his manuscripts.

Author: 
Francis Hackett, Sean O Faolain, F. R. Higgins, Denis Johnston, Aodh de Blacam, Andrew E. Malone, contributors
Publication details: 
Reprinted from the Irish Times of June 13th, 1935.' [Printed and Published by The Irish TImes Limited, 31 Westmoreland street, Dublin.']
£56.00

8vo, 16 pp. In original buff wraps. Text clear and complete. On aged and slightly-creased paper, with rust to the staples resulting in the detaching of the central bifolium. Wraps discoloured. Photograph of Yeats seated in his library on front wrap, and reproduction of Augustus John's portrait of the poet on p.2. On the first page is the facsimile, captioned ' "A Song," from W. B.

The Dublin Magazine. A Quarterly Review of Literature, Science and Art. [Featuring 'Diarmuid and Grania. A Play in Three Acts. By George Moore and W. B. Yeats. Now first printed with an introductory note by William Becker'.]

Author: 
Seumas O'Sullivan, editor [George Moore; W. B. Yeats]
Publication details: 
April-June 1951. [Printed by Alex. Thom & Co. Ltd., Dublin.]
£20.00

4to, x + 64 pp. In original grey printed wraps. In fair condition: on aged paper, with slightly dog-eared with a little creasing and a couple of short closed tears at rear. In lightly-worn wraps. Becker's introduction to 'Diarmuid and Grania', dated 'Oxford, November, 1950', covers pp.1-4, with the play itself on pp.5-41. This is followed by 'Dramatic Commentary' (not on the play) by A. J. Leventhal on pp.42-44, 'Art Notes' by Edward Sheehy on pp.45-46 and book reviews on pp.47-64.

The Arrow.

Author: 
W. B. Yeats, editor [The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland; Irish literature]
Publication details: 
Vol.1, No.2. 24 November 1906. [Hely's, Limited, Printers, Dame St., and Acme Works, Dame Court, Dublin.]
£350.00

4to, 8 unpaginated pages. In original grey printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Neat vertical fold. On worn and foxed paper, with rust to staples and slight wear and chipping to wraps. The second of the five issues to appear in Yeats's lifetime. (In the 'W. B. Yeats Commemoration Number' of Summer 1939, 'The Arrow' was described as 'an occasional, a very occasional, publication by the Abbey Theatre', with only five numbers to have appeared up to that point: 'two in 1906, one in 1907, 1908 and 1909') Contains three articles signed 'W. B.

Beltaine. An Occasional Publication. The Organ of the Irish Literary Theatre. Edited by W. B. Yeats.

Author: 
W. B. Yeats, editor; George Moore, Edward Martyn, W. B. Yeats, Alice Milligan, and Augusta Gregory, contributors [Irish literature]
Publication details: 
Number Two. February 1900. London: At the Sign of the Unicorn, VII Cecil Court, Saint Martin's Lane, W.C.
£200.00

4to, 28 + [iv] pp. In original buff printed wraps. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with rust to staples causing detached covers. Nicely printed. Advertisements on the last four pages and three sides of the wraps.

Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'G D Yeats') to his sister Jane Ellen Paterson, wife of Admiral C. W. Paterson.

Author: 
Grant David Yeats [G. D. Yeats] (1773-1836), English physician, born in Florida, America [Jane Ellen Paterson; Admiral Charles William Paterson (1756-1841)]
Publication details: 
Letter One: 18 July 1823; Tunbridge Wells. Letter Two: 3 November 1823; 17 Queen's Place, Mayfair.
£56.00

Both items clear and entire: good on lightly aged paper. Both addressed, with postmarks, to 'Mrs. Admiral Paterson, East Cosham Cottage, near Portsmouth.' Letter One, to 'My dear Ellen' (4to, 8 pp). Long letter, leaving his sister 'to judge as a reasonable Being whether I do not do every thing that can possibly be expected from me'. He is at present in debt to the tune of £460. Letter Two, to 'My dear Sister' (4to, 4 pp). Another letter dealing with the financial matters of the family. Docketed 'Dr. Yeats most strongly desiring his Sister Mrs.

Autograph Letter Signed ('L. C. Purser') to the classical scholar John Percival Postgate (1853-1926).

Author: 
Louis Claude Purser (1854-1932), Classical scholar, President of the Royal Irish Academy, a fellow pupil of Oscar Wilde and close friend of Yeats's sister Lollie [Trinity College, Dublin]
Publication details: 
22 February 1915; 35 Trinity College, Dublin.
£80.00

4to, 1 p, 22 lines. On aged paper, with chipping at extremities neatly repaired with archival tape. Text clear and entire. He thanks him for his 'interesting paper', commenting on the 'Lucretian passage'. Postgate's 're-arrangement [...] is undoubtedly more attractive & logical than the ordinary arrangment, and as such I welcome it: but must we suppose always that artists do as well instinctively as they might if they had taken counsel?' 'Ex silentio I judge that all is well with you, as far as anything can be well for any of us these terrible times.

BRICRIU'S FEAST | A COMEDY IN THREE ACTS | WITH AN EPILOGUE, with typewritten letter to the author's daughter Ita O'Duffy.

Author: 
Eimar O'Duffy
Publication details: 
Martin Lester, Ltd, 44 Dawson Street, Dublin; [1919?].
£30.00

52 pages, 8vo. In original blue printed wraps, which are folded around endpapers, the rear of which bears publisher's advertisements. In poor condition: paper browning and spotting with age, binding loose and wraps frayed and worn, especially at spine. The front wrap has a long closed tear at head, and the indentation of a paper-clip, which attaches the typewritten letter (1 page, 8vo, discoloured and worn at extremities), headed 'Room 102, | Surrey Street. | 7.4.52', from 'Christine' to 'Ita'.

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