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Sir Alfred Herbert’s Copy
YEATS, W.B.

Poems

London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1904

8vo, pp. 301. Original blue boards decorated in gilt. Uncut, partly unopened. Tissue guard to author’s frontispiece portrait. Gilt design to boards and spine by Althea Gyles. Offsetting to endpapers, contemporary (1907) ownership signature to front free endpaper, small bookseller’s label to foot of front pastedown. The lightest of wear to spine ends, but a near fine copy with the gilt decoration still bright.

Fourth edition, with the preface by Yeats dated May 1904, and the spectacular binding design by Althea Gyles (who was soon to be a regular collaborator).

The bookseller’s label to the front pastedown is that of W.W.Curtis, of Coventry. The 1907 ownership signature to the front free endpaper is that of an ‘Alfred Herbert’. The industrialist and museum benefactor Sir Alfred Herbert [1866-1957] lived in Coventry from 1887, built his fortune there, and gave the city considerable financial assistance, including £25,000 for the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral, and £200,000 for the building of the art gallery and museum, still going strong today, which bears his name. A near fine copy.

£195.00
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