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
Titel: The Secret Rose: By W. B. Yeats, with ...
Verlag: Lawrence & Bullen, Limited
Buchbeschreibung ReInk Books, 2017. Softcover. Buchzustand: NEW. Reprinted from edition. NO changes have been made to the original text. This is NOT a retyped or an ocr'd reprint. Illustrations, Index, if any, are included in black and white. Each page is checked manually before printing. As this reprint is from very old book, there could be some missing or flawed pages, but we always try to make the book as complete as possible. Fold-outs, if any, are not part of the book. If the original book was published in multiple volumes then this reprint is of only one volume, not the whole set. This paperback book is SEWN, where the book block is actually sewn (smythe sewn/section sewn) with thread before binding which results in a more durable type of paperback binding. It can also be open wide. The pages will not fall out and will be around for a lot longer than normal paperbacks. This print on demand book is printed on high quality acid-free paper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 151176081