[YEATS, WILLIAM BUTLER] Is the Order of R. R. & A. C. to remain a magical order? Written in March, 1901, and given to the Adepti of the Order of R. R. & A. C. in April, 1901. pp. 32. Original brown paper wrappers, printed with title in black. This copy is in fine condition, uncut and unopened.
Wade 33. COPAC records one copy only, in the British Library.
One of the very rarest Yeats items, probably rarer than anything except Mosada. Printed for the author, probably in an edition of 50 or less. Not published. The Order of Rubidae Rosae & Aureae Crucis was a section of the Order of the Golden Dawn, which Yeats had joined in 1890. His motto in the Order was Daemon Est Deus Inversus, hence D.E.D.I. which he signs at end of this pamphlet. Copies were distributed privately to the members of the mysterious Order of the Golden Dawn, including such as Maud Gonne, Pamela Colman Smith, Annie Horniman, MacGregor Mathews and others.
Yeats’ essay was written to protest against changes in the rules of the Order, which he felt would undermine important principles of order and hierarchy. According to Foster (v. 1, 1997, p. 244), it holds an important place in W.B.Y.’s canon.