On the Boiler

Notes: Yeats last prose work; he completed revising the proofs but never saw the finished book. The first edition was ready in July 1939, but Yeats' family, who ran the Cuala Press, were unhappy with the print quality; they pulped the edition and had it reprinted (this second edition). Colin Smythe, Yeats' bibliographer, has located seven surviving copies of the first edition, although the Internet insists on repeating that the number is four copies; either way, not very many, but check your facts or give a source, folks. See "The Textual History of Yeats’s On the Boiler" by William O’Donnell, especially footnote 68.

On the Border is a scattershot text, that jumps from the coming war, Irish politics and history, Irish immigration, and lands in poetry and a short dramatic scene in blank verse.

46 pages, [1 ad page, one blank].

Edition + Condition: Second edition. A near fine copy in yapped-edge wrappers.

Publication: Dublin: Cuala Press, [1939].

Item No: #363330

Price: $50

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