"The Light of evening, Lissadell, Great Windows open to the south": Signed limited first edition of William Butler Yeats' The Winding Stair
The Winding Stair.
Yeats, William Butler.$3,250.00
Item Number: 96107
New York: Foundation Press, 1929.
Signed limited first edition of this volume of poetry and true first appearance of The Winding Stair collection, Yeats’ follow up to The Tower (1928) inspired by Yeats’ Thoor Ballylee castle. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels, purple endpapers. One of six hundred and forty-two copies signed by Yeats on the half title page, this is number 138. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear. Small bookplate to the pastedown. Housed in a custom cloth chemise.
The title of this volume refers to the staircase in the Thoor Ballylee castle which Yeats purchased and resided in with his family for some time. Yeats saw the castle as a vital connection to the aristocratic Irish past which he adored. The phrase "winding stair" is used in the book's third poem, "A Dialogue of Self and Soul", which depicts the confrontation of Yeats' soul with his self.