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Synge, John M.
DEIRDRE OF THE SORROWS: A PLAY [WITH A PREFACE BY W.B. YEATS]. DUBLIN: CUALA PRESS, 1910
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 4,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
137
Synge, John M.
DEIRDRE OF THE SORROWS: A PLAY [WITH A PREFACE BY W.B. YEATS]. DUBLIN: CUALA PRESS, 1910
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 4,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Synge, John M.
DEIRDRE OF THE SORROWS: A PLAY [WITH A PREFACE BY W.B. YEATS]. DUBLIN: CUALA PRESS, 1910

8vo, one of 250 copies, inscribed by elizabeth corbet ("lolly") yeats to her father, john butler yeats and further inscribed by j.b. yeats to his daughter susan mary ("lily") yeats ("J.B. Yeats | from | E.C. Yeats | 317. W 29th St. N York" in ink and additionally inscribed "+ given to Lilly Yeats | by the aforesaid J.B. Yeats | July 27. 1920. N York | J.B. Yeats" in pencil), pencil sketch of the head and shoulders of a woman, signed and titled by j.b. yeats ("Mrs Bellinger | J.B. Yeats") at rear, original linen-backed boards with paper label on spine, lily yeats' bookplate, ?original unprinted dust-jacket, minor browning to free endpapers, binding slightly soiled, minor splitting to hinges, dust-jacket slightly frayed at extremities


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Provenance

from the library of Lily Yeats

Literature

Miller 14; Wade 245

Catalogue Note

a remarkable yeats family copy with a transatlantic history.

John Butler Yeats went to New York in December 1907 with his daughter Lily, initially for a few weeks' holiday, but kept extending his stay. Members of the family, visiting New York for exhibitions or lectures, tried to bring him home to Dublin, but to no avail.

Elizabeth Yeats sent her father this copy of Synge's play and he later returned it to Lily, presumably by post, since they did not meet again after Lily sailed for home in June 1908. The inscription is dated the day after the sale of the Petitpas' boarding house, where J.B. Yeats resided in New York. At this time he was under renewed pressure to return home, and perhaps he had decided to dispose of some of his belongings. (In the event, the new owners allowed him to remain at the boarding-house, and he died there in early February 1922, aged 82, still an unrepentant exile.)

Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger, a novelist married to a German professor at Columbia, was one of a number of women who befriended J.B. Yeats in New York. She was in regular contact with him through his final years. No other portrait of her by J.B. Yeats has so far been traced.

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