Dublin: The Cuala Press, . Crown quarto. Original grey green wrappers, titles to cover in black, design by Jack B. Yeats in black of McCoy, the mad ship’s carpenter, leaf of publisher’s advertisements at back. First trade edition, following the unprocurable privately printed edition published a year earlier in Dundrum. Browning to cover, small nick to head of spine. In very good condition.
Only four copies of the Dundrum edition were issued when it was decided to reprint the book, all of which now reside in institutions. Published just before Yeats’s death in January 1939, On the Boiler contains several essays which illuminate some of Yeats’s own reactionary and often controversial political views. It was published by the Cuala Press, one half of the Cuala Industries and a co-operative business run by Yeats’s sisters Lily and Elizabeth. Cuala Industries was founded with the aim of reviving the craft of book printing in Ireland and “to give work to Irish girls” (McMurtrie, p. 472).
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