The Secret Rose: By W. B. Yeats, with Illustrations by J. B. Yeats
8vo, frontispiece and illustrations, original navy blue cloth elaborately decorated in gilt after a design by Althea Gyles. Occasional slight rubbing at edges, verso of front free endpaper defective due to the inexpert removal of, perhaps, a bookplate, otherwise a fine copy. Occasional slight rubbing at edges, verso of front free endpaper defective due to the inexpert removal of, perhaps, a bookplate, otherwise a fine copy First edition, first binding with "Lawrence & Bullen" at the base of the spine. Wade A21. A collection of short stories blending Irish with Rosicrucian characters & themes: Red Hanrahan, Kathleen Ni Hoolihan, etc. The book is dedicated to th poet, A. E. (George Russell), & includes one poem, "To the Secret Rose". The famous cover for The Secret Rose was designed for Yeats by Althea Gyles. It "was intended to make the book resemble a grimoire. At its center is a four-petalled rose joined to a cross, occupying a place just below the middle of the tree. The boughs of the tree resemble a serpent's folds; among them, just above the rose, are the kissing faces of a man and a woman." It signifies "the conjunction of Rose and Cross, and of man and woman, in the midst of the serpentine folds of the Tree of Life. The three roses at the top represent the three principal states of being (Sephiroth) of the Kabbalistic Tree, and the skeleton at the bottom represents the lowest state of being or nature." - Richard Ellmann, The Identity of Yeats (London: Faber, 1968), pp. 64-65. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 21949
Titel: The Secret Rose: By W. B. Yeats, with ...
Verlag: Lawrence & Bullen, Limited, London
Auflage: 1st Edition
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