This fourth reprint of Yeats' collected lyrical and narrative poems testifies to the poet's popularity in the first part of the 20th century, and appeared 10 years before his death.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. He studied poetry in his youth and from an early age was fascinated by both Irish legends and the occult. Those topics feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the 20th century. From 1900, Yeats' poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life.
The book is in very good condition for its age, bound in bright blue cloth, with stamped Art Deco-style design (matching the dustwrapper) to the front, and gilt bands, titles etc to the spine (somewhat faded). It shows very few signs of shelf wear, and almost no evidence of foxing, except on the long, and bottom, page edges (see photo). The page tops are coloured green/blue. There is a previous owner's signature on the fep. The frontispiece portrait of the poet retains its tissue guard intact. The binding is generally firm. Pages are clean and bright throughout. Unusually, it retains its decorative dust wrapper, also in generally good condition (and unclipped) apart from slight loss at the top and bottom of the spine and the top front corner, and tanning to the spine. A good copy.