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SYNGE, John M.
Deirdre of the Sorrows. A Play.
New York: printed for John Quinn, 1910. Octavo. Original cream cloth-backed paper boards, printed paper labels to spine and front cover. A fine copy. First edition, one of only five surviving copies printed on handmade paper, of the play left unfinished at Synge's death in 1909. The edition originally consisted of 45 copies on paper, and five on vellum; however, John Quinn, Synge's literary patron, was unhappy with the number of errors that crept in during the printing, and destroyed all but five copies on paper and five on vellum. W. B. Yeats helped to finish the play, contributed the preface, and had it performed at the Abbey Theatre, which Yeats and Synge had founded together. Wade 246; Quinn 9984. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member [London, United Kingdom]
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