Stories of Red Hanrahan and The Secret Rose
A super copy of W B Yeats' Irish tales
First thus, hardback in dustwrapper bound in the original blue cloth with striking design stamped in gilt. 22.5 × 15cm, 182pp.
First published in 1897, these are W.B. Yeats' various stories relating to Red Hanrahan, an amalgam of the bardic tradition, Irish mythology and the real-life bard Owen Roe O'Sullivan (Eoghan Ruadh Ó Súilleabháin), rewritten in the style of the country speech of Kiltartan. This collection of Irish legends and tales in prose interspersed with poetry are testament to Yeats’ deep fascination in Irish culture. The book has two colour plates by Norah McGuinness and 35 black and white illustrations, some of which are full page.
The book itself is in super condition. The blue cloth and gilt is bright, the pages clean and the binding secure. There is a little tanning to the endpapers and pastedowns, and a previous owner's name to the ffep. The dustwrapper has light edgewear and minor surface abrasions, but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.