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YEATS, WILLIAM BUTLER
Stories of Red Hanrahan
Dundrum Dublin: Dun Emer Press, 1904. First edition. FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES. A PRESENTATION COPY SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY YEATS AND WITH A REMARKABLE "ZODIACAL SIGNATURE" CORRESPONDING TO YEATS'S BIRTHDAY. The Inscription: Inscribed by Yeats in dark ink on the front free end paper in the month of publication (although the title page date says 1904, it was published on May 16, 1905) to American socialite Julia H. Worthington (1856-1913), friend of the collector and legendary patron literature John Quinn: "Mrs. Worthington from her friend the writer, with pleasant memories of the Hudson. / WB Yeats. May 1905" with a series of zodiacal symbols written beneath. Although the association is interesting - Yeats stayed at Worthington's house on the Hudson during his American tour and in May 1905, she visited him in London - it is the symbols after the inscription that make this copy extraordinary. They are comprised of four sets of two - with four celestial bodies and four zodiacal signs. The male and female ones are in fact Mars and Venus, and the whole set reads thus: Moon in Aquarius, [Leo/Sagittarius?] Mars; Saturn in Libra; Venus in Taurus. The third character is more challenging to decipher, but the seven provide enough information to find the link to Yeats - these are the zodiacal positions of the celestial bodies as they were on June 13, 1865, Yeats's birthday, making this his "Zodiacal signature". To understand Yeats's interest in astrology, one must turn only to his 1925 text A Vision, in which he articulates how an astrological signature reflects the themat … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company [USA]

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