8vo, first american edition, presentation copy inscribed to lennox robinson ("Lennox Robinson | from his friend | W.B Yeats, Nov 1921"), frontispiece and illustrations by Edmund Dulac, original grey cloth printed with black design, dust-jacket designed by Sturge Moore, tiny nicks to jacket otherwise a fine copy
Published on October 28, 1921, the same day as the first English edition.
Yeats first met Robinson (1886-1958) as an aspiring playwright in April of 1908; Robinson's first play The Clancy Name was produced by the Abbey in October and others rapidly followed. Yeats early the next year sent Robinson off to London to learn the production business from Shaw and Granville-Barker. Robinson soon moved to Dublin and from 1910-1914 and 1919-1923 was stage manager of the Abbey, becoming a Director in 1923. Yeats dedicated his book "Essays" to Robinson, and Robinson was a major force in the Irish Literary Renaissance and Abbey Theatre his entire life, remaining close to George Yeats and the family after Yeats's death.
For a letter by James Joyce to Lennox Robinson, see lot 112.
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