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Lot 565/0237

Estimate: €6000-7000

The First Cuala Broadsides

JACK B. YEATS. A Broadside, complete.

The full set of 84 monthly issues, June 1908 to May 1915, Vol. 1 no. 1 to Vol. 7 no. 12. Dun Emer (first issue only) & Cuala Press (the remainder). Each issue limited to 300 copies. A very good clean set with fine fresh colouring, in two original portfolios, housed in a custom made morocco backed folding box.

Each monthly issue consists of a single folded sheet, giving four pages foolscap. Pages one and two include original poetry and ballads, illustrated by two or three hand coloured drawings by Yeats. The third page is given to a single large drawing, usually uncoloured. These include some very fine and ambitious drawings, some of London scenes, some of ‘Life in the West of Ireland’. The rear page is always blank.
Yeats made all the drawings himself, and edited the verse, with contributions from friends including Ernest Rhys, John Masefield, Lady Gregory, Douglas Hyde and James Stephens. The plates were printed at Cuala and were hand coloured under the supervision of Elizabeth Corbet Yeats.

Artistically it is a unique enterprise. The full set includes over 200 drawings by Jack Yeats, most of them hand coloured. The series gives a remarkable insight into his ideas and interests, featuring many themes echoed or developed in his oil paintings. A few of the drawings were issued as Cuala prints, but the vast majority have never been reproduced. For anyone interested in Jack Yeats and his work, a set of Broadsides is a very desirable acquisition.
Full sets in original condition are rare. (1)

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