a rare, fragile and beautiful publication.
Wade notes that "Symons states that the edition consisted of 500 copies and 60 in loose wrappers. I have never heard of a copy in loose wrappers". Like the copy belonging to Mrs Yeats described by Wade, this copy has no fleurons after the word "Desire" on the upper wrapper, which Wade speculates are the earlier copies rather than those with two fleurons. This copy has the printed slip stating "This book is published at 1/- nett and the terms on which it is supplied to Booksellers do not admit of any discount".
The Land of Heart's Desire was first produced with Todhunter's The Comedy of Sighs at London's Avenue Theatre, to a rowdy and hostile reception. It had been commissioned by Farr with her Horniman bequest, mainly to create a part for her niece Dorothy Paget. At about the same time she commissioned Shaw to write what became Arms and the Man.
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