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Quair Books

Quair Books specialises in modern literary and visual cultures, particularly alternative, different and radical authors/artists, presses and histories. We also hold a small general stock, with a focus on rare, significant and bonny books. We trade at fairs, online and via catalogue. Private Premises.



Fourth edition, incorporating the revisions of the 1901 third edition, plus a short preface by Yeats dated May, 1904. 8vo, pp. xiii, [1], 301, [3] + lithographic frontispiece portrait by John Butler Yeats. Original blue cloth, elaborately decorated and lettered in Althea Gyles’ gilt wraparound design. All edges untrimmed. Wear and pushing to spine ends, corners bumped, gilt a little dulled and scuffed on spine. Edges browned. POI to ffep, endpapers and title page browned and lightly spotted, short closed tear to bottom edge of frontis, brief pencil notes to ‘The Death of Cuchlan’, else, clean and tight. A pleasing copy of a beautiful book, indeed, as Yeats put it: “the best looking book I have ever had” (Collected Letters 2).