John Sherman and Dhoya by W B Yeats 1st uk edition 1891
A first edition and first print published in 1891 by T. Fisher Unwin. One of only 2000 copies printed, with only 356 of these in buff cloth. The remaining copies were in soft wraps. Part of ‘The Pseudonym Library’, this was the tenth title in that series. This copy is in near fine condition with only minor wear to the top and bottom of the spine and a small split to the edge of the spine of around 1cm. corners are bumped. Pages are very clean with very little wear and no previous owner’s marks.
This was only Yeats third published book – writing as ‘Ganconagh’, a close descendant perhaps to ‘Gancanagh’ a male fairy in Celtic Mythology that is fond of the ladies. There are two short stories. The first ‘John Sherman leaves Ballah’ is a short love story that takes place in Ballah and London, two contrary locations representing the virtuous countryside and the villainous city. The second story ‘Dhoya’ is about a local Sligo legend and a spirit that lives in a fictional bay yearning for human love. A scarce title especially in this condition