YEATS, W.B. Stories of Red Hanrahan and The Secret Rose. London: Macmillan and Co., 1927.
8vo. Original navy blue cloth, covers and spine blocked and lettered in gilt with a design by Norah McGuinness, orignal unclipped dust-jacket (10/6 Net); in grey and navy, repeating the cover design; pp. [iv], v-vii, [i], 182, [ii]; numerous illustrations by Norah McGuinness, including 2 colour plates; a near-fine copy, exceptionally clean with just some marginal offsetting to endpapers and a previous ownership name to ffep; the jacket with slight rubbing and nicking to spine ends. One of the nicest copies we have seen.
First edition thus.
Red Hanrahan first appeared in Yeats' work in the mid-1890s as the protagonist within a number of poems and songs. He became the central figure in half a dozen short stories, collectively titled Stories of Red Hanrahan, which was originally published in 1897.
This is the first edition to feature the artwork of Norah McGuinness (1901-1980), an illustrator who was a figurative painter in oil and gouache and also designed for the theatre in Dublin. Other books illustrated by her include: L. Sterne, A Sentimental Journey, 1926; M. Edgeworth, The Most Unfortunate Day of My Life, 1931, and E. Bowen, The Shelbourne, 1951.