8vo, first american edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author to mr o'neill ("Inscribed by W.B. Yeat for Mr O'Neill | at whose home he gave his first | American lecture for the benefit | of the Irish Academy of Letters"), original green cloth, upper spine decorated in blind, spine gilt
Published on February 8, 1927. The first edition of 2820 copies had been issued in England on November 5, 1926. There was also a special edition of 250 copies issued in New York, signed by the author, on January 25, 1927.
Yeats arrived in New York for his last American tour in late October of 1932. He gave 25 lectures at $100/lecture and in the end raised £500 for the Irish Academy of Letters and about an equal amount for himself. George Russell had put Yeats in touch with Judge Richard Campbell and Patrick MacCartan—an influential republican activist, who provided the help and support for which Yeats had previous relied upon Quinn, who had died in 1924. Yeats gave his first lecture on November 1 in Bangor, Maine, apparently at O'Neill's home.
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