John Sherman and Dhoya by Ganconagh



Publisher: London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1891. First edition
Description: pp196; sm. 8vo [95x175mm], original tan cloth (somewhat darkened with a 1cm brown mark on spine). Top edges gilt. [Leading corner sl. bumped]. Small spots of foxing throughout, but a very good, firm copy. Wade 4

356 copies of the cloth edition were printed of this, Yeats’ third published book. It contains two stories, the first more realist than the second which seems to have been included to get the book to a more respectable size. It was released in Fisher Unwin’s well-marketed `Pseudonym Library’. Yeats expressed the hope to his sister that he would make 30 pounds from it, but we don’t know whether this dream ever eventuated. Certainly the book was popular enough to go into a second edition within a month of first publication, and then a third edition the following year. Yeats said of it at the time, ” there is more of myself in it than anything I have done”, although 3 years later he was calling it “youthful and languid”

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