(Dublin: Cuala Press, 1926). 215 x 148 mm. (8 1/2 x 5 3/4"). 2 p.l., 39,  pp. FIRST EDITION. ONE OF 300 COPIES.
Publisher's holland-backed blue boards, paper label to spine. Title page with publisher's device in red. With Cuala Press Book List laid in. Wade 150; Ransom, p. 241. Tail edges of boards with small dent, free endpapers with usual light offsetting from binder's glue, but A FINE COPY, the text clean, fresh, and bright, and the fragile binding unworn and unsoiled.
As the extended title indicates, this is a book comprised of 55 diary notes made by Yeats during the year 1909, issued by a private press directed by his sister Elizabeth. Established in 1903 (as the Dun Emer Press) and then renamed in 1908, the Cuala Press was established to promote modern Irish literature and reprint or translate classic Irish works. According to "The Observer" (as quoted on the advertisement loosely inserted into our copy), Elizabeth Yeats exhibited "taste and wisdom" but "attempted nothing fantastic. Her type, modelled on simple lines, is readable as well as beautiful, and her page has always seemed to us to be excelled by none of our more famous presses, except the Doves. In another way the books of the Cuala Press have been far more interesting than those of any other press" since "the great majority of Miss Yeats' books have been by modern authors, and have often been the first appearance in print of important works." In this volume, Yeats often expresses pithy remarks as if channeling the "Maxims" of La Rochefoucauld. He says, for example, (in Entry 30): "I thought of the perpetual desire of all lovers to talk of their love and how many lovers' quarrels have come from it." In Entry 38, he says, "Evil comes to us men of imagination wearing as its mask all the virtues." And in Entry 50: "A lofty morality should be tolerant, for none declare its laws but those worn out with its warfare, and they must pity sinners." Being insubstantially made, the Cuala "Estrangement" is difficult to find, as here, in agreeable condition. (ST12801a)
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