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GONNE, Maud, illus.) YOUNG, Ella.
Celtic Wonder-Tales. Illustrated and Decorated by Maud Gonne.
Dublin: Maunsel & Company, Ltd., 1910. Octavo (195 x 135 mm). Finely bound in mid-century green morocco, titles in gilt to spine and front board, decorative shamrock motifs in gilt to spine and vertical gilt ruling to boards, green patterned endpapers. Housed in custom green paper-covered plush-lined slipcase. Spine uniformly sunned, two small marks to front board, the binding firm and bright, occasional and marginal light finger-soiling, otherwise internally untoned. A very good copy indeed. 4 tipped-in colour plates, all but one heightened in gilt and silver, head- and tail-pieces, a few decorative opening initials, all by Maud Gonne. First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the original front free endpaper "To John Varian, With Greeting from Ella Young", and with over ten annotations in ink by Young. The recipient, John Osborne Varian (1863-1931), was an Irish-American poet and a leader within the theosophist utopian community of Halcyon, California, where Ella Young made her final home in a cabin behind the Varian's home in 1928 while she was finishing her book, The Tangle-Coated Horse and Other Tales, and working on her poetry. The annotations, apparently establishing links between the printed text (Irish lore) and spiritual principles, could have been penned by Young as she revisited her previous work from a new angle, or added as explanations for Varian, to bridge the gap between both of their specialties. Loosely inserted is a piece of paper with further annotations pencilled in another hand. The illustrator, Edith Maud Gonne (18 … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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