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FROM THE LIBRARY OF JACK B. YEATS
London and New York: Unit Library, 1902. Small octavo. pp. xvi, 264, . Red cloth, architectural device in gilt on upper cover, title in gilt on spine. From the library of Jack B Yeats with his bookplate on front pastedown. Also with the bookplate of Oliver C. Sheean on front endpaper. A very good copy with a
magnificent association. €1,250
Items from the library of Jack B Yeats are exceedingly rare.
Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957), undoubtedly Ireland’s most famous painter, a committed nationalist and brother of one of Ireland’s greatest poets W.B. Yeats, was born in London and at the age of
eight returned to Sligo where he was brought up by his grandparents, the Pollexfens. In his paintings and drawings the love of the common people shines through. It was the everyday
life of Ireland which sparked his genius - the fairs, circuses, race meetings, sailors and farmers, tramps and beggars, trams and city streets, shopkeepers, coachmen, boxers and ballad singers, etc. etc. all feature in his work, in which he expresses an intense sympathy for the underdog, the outcast and the outsider
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