Dublin, Ireland: The Cuala Press, 1929 [with date on title page stating: "MCMXXVIV"].
First edition, limited to 425 copies "on paper made in Ireland and published by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats at the Cuala Press" Woodcut title device by T. Sturge Moore. viii, 48 pp. 8vo. Linen spine, publisher's printed paper spine label, paper-covered boards. Spine and spine label lightly tanned, with small, light brown soil mark on lower spine, else a near fine, unopened copy. Bookplate of Claude Smith Wade 163; Miller 43. Item #329864
The printer, Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (1868–1940), was the daughter of Irish artist, John Butler Yeats, and sister of W. B., Jack and Susan Yeats. She was a member of William Morris' circle in London before her family returned to Dublin in 1900. She worked with Morris on the Kelmscott Press, and studied printing with the Women's Printing Society in London. She accepted the invitation to join Evelyn Gleeson to form the Dun Emer Guild along with her sister Susan. Elizabeth managed the Dun Emer Press from 1902. The Press was located at the house of Evelyn Gleeson, and was set up with the intention of training young women in bookbinding and printing. In 1904, she and her brother William started the Cuala Press, publishing over 70 books. Elizabeth Yeats was the first commercial printer in Ireland to work exclusively with hand presses [see 'Unseen Hands: Women Printers, Binders & Book Designers,' Princeton University].
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