Hard Cover. New York: Macmillan, 1935. First Edition. Very Good.
First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by Yeats on the front endpaper; and a small ink correction in Yeats' hand to page 31. Publisher's pale green paper covered black cloth-backed boards, spine lettered in gilt. A very good copy, spine a bit shaken, extremities lightly rubbed with some minor wear. Wade 179A. One of W. B. Yeats’s later plays, The King of the Great Clock Tower follows a king’s and poet’s rivalry for the affection of a queen. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Yeats called upon his 1891 play, Salomé, to format the work. An Irish author, Yeats was committed to forging theater tradition that broke free of English censorship and was uniquely Irish in nature, saying, “We hope to find in Ireland an uncorrupted and imaginative audience trained to listen by its passion for oratory ... and that freedom to experiment which is not found in the theatres of England, and without which no new movement in art or literature can succeed.” This copy of the book is inscribed by the author: “Ivan Hapley(?) from W.B. Yeats.” The author also corrected a printer’s error in the final verse of “Parnell’s Funeral” on page 31.