Octavo. IX, , 114, pp. Uncut . Original gilt-stamped blue cloth, with gold lettering to spine and front cover. Binding designed by Sturge Moore.* Two "Presentation copy" blind stamps on half-title and title page. "The Wild Swans at Coole, a collection of twenty-nine poems and the play At the Hawk's Well," was first published by the Cuala Press in November 1917. The title poem of the collection had first appeared in the Little Review in June of that year. Macmillan (London and New York) republished the poems in March 1919 (our copy) without the play but with an additional seventeen poems. The completed volume, also called "The Wild Swans at Coole" (our copy), represents the "middle stage" of Yeats' writing and is concerned, amongst other themes, with Irish nationalism and the creation of an Irish aesthetic. "The Wild Swans at Coole" is written in a very regular stanza form: five six-line stanzas, each written in a roughly iambic meter, with the first and third lines in tetrameter, the second, fourth, and sixth lines in trimeter, and the fifth line in pentameter, so that the pattern of stressed syllables in each stanza is 434353. The rhyme scheme in each stanza is ABCBDD. Minor shelf wear. Spine slightly faded with head and tail slightly rubbed. Previous owner's name in ink at upper margin of front free endpaper (Maurice Fromsevin). Offsetting to very first and very last leaves. Binding in overall good, interior in good to very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Wild Swans at Coole [PRESENTATION COPY]
Publisher: Macmillan and Co., Limited
Publication Date: 1919
Book Condition: g to vg
Edition: First edition.
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