Poems of W. B. Yeats
Selected and Introduced by Helen Vendler
Illustrated with 6 Etchings by Richard Diebenkorn
Arion Press, 1990, Signed Limited Edition, 230 of 400
Signed by Richard Diebenkorn
This is a signed limited edition of “Poems of W. B. Yeats” published by the Arion Press in 1990 with a limitation of 400 with this being number 230. From the publisher, “The poetry of William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) burst the boundaries of its native Ireland to become part of world culture. Helen Vendler, one of the foremost authorities on modern poetry and a University Professor at Harvard, selected for the Arion Press 145 poems and provided an introductory essay for the book. Richard Diebenkorn (1922-93), internationally recognized as one of America's leading artists, took the Yeatsian theme of an empty coat on a hanger to produce a series of prints transforming the garment from a representational frock-coat into an abstracted suit-bag. The sixth etching is a double map of Ireland, indicative of that divided country.”
The book measures 10.25” x 8” and contains 200 numbered pages for the text and 24 unnumbered pages for the prints, their titles, and quotations. The binding has a deep red goatskin spine with dark green cloth over boards and gold gilt titling to the spine. The text type is Monotype Baskerville with poem titles in handset Worrel Uncial printed in red. The etchings, plate size 8-1/2 by 6-1/2 inches, were editioned by R. E. Townsend, Inc., Georgetown, Massachusetts. The paper is English mouldmade Somerset from the Inveresk Mill, with a heavier weight used for the prints. The book is housed in a slipcase of green cloth and red paper with gold gilt titling on a spine label.
The book is signed and numbered by Richard Diebenkorn on the limitation page.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus
The book and clamshell box are in FINE condition with no flaws.
Photographs of the book and slipcase as well as stock photographs of the six etchings appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."