The Tower
The Tower

YEATS, W.B. The Tower.

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YEATS, W.B. The Tower New York: The Macmillan Company, 1929.

8vo., original green publisher's cloth, elaborately blocked and lettered in gilt to upper board and spine; pale green endpapers; matching blue dust jacket printed in black; pp. [iv], v-vi, [ii], 110, [x]; an excellent, tight and clean example, lightly bumped at corners, with contemporary ownership name and date in ink to front paste-down; a superior jacket, slightly toned at folds and lightly chipped and nicked to spine ends; much nicer than usually found, and totally unrestored.
First U.S. reprint, less than a year after the first. Scarce with the dust jacket in such nice condition.
The Tower was Yeats's first major collection as Nobel Laureate after receiving the Nobel Prize in 1923, the title of which refers to Ballylee Castle, a Norman tower which Yeats purchased and restored in 1917. The collection includes includes several of Yeats' most famous poems, including Sailing to Byzantium, Leda and the Swan, and Among School Children.
The elaborate design of the cover was created by Thomas Sturge Moore, with a wood-cut style image depicting Thoor Ballylee and its reflection in waters below.