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The Poems.
London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd,, 1949. 2 volumes, tall octavo. Original green cloth over bevelled boards, gilt lettered spines, author's monogram in gilt on front covers, top edges gilt. With the original slipcase. Photogravure portrait frontispieces of Yeats by Emery Walker after John Singer Sargent and Augustus John with tissue guards. Bookplates to front free endpapers. Spine of vol. 2 lightly faded, tips ever so slightly rubbed, occasional toning throughout, a few pages unopened. An excellent, bright copy. First and signed limited variorum edition, number 335 of 375 copies signed by the author, published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is not found with this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's reader Thomas Mark. According to the prospectus, "For some time before his death [in 1939], W. B. Yeats was engaged in revising the text of this edition of his poems, of which he had corrected the proofs, and for which he had signed the special page to appear at the beginning of Volume I [the limitation sheet]". Yeats was, of course, a constant reviser of his work, which makes this definitive edition all the more important.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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