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Variant Covers of The Secret Rose

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BECAUSE THE SECRET ROSE (1897) has one of the most famous bindings in a decade of spectacular bindings—dark-blue stamped in gold with an ornate tree design—it is surprising to see variant cloths of red and brown, but both exist. A newly-discovered copy bound in brilliant magenta red in the Holland Library of Washington State University,1 possesses a cover that does not fit the standard description of Wade 21, and joins two other copies of the book with non-standard covers listed in App. 5 of The Secret Rose, Stories by W. B. Yeats: A Variorum Edition (1992), p. 276 n. 20. These are another magenta copy in the D. W. Weldon Library, the University of Western Ontario,2 and a brown copy (with a slight rust cast) in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin.3 All three of the variant copies are bound in ribbed cloth.4 All bear the date 1897. The publisher’s name on the spines, ‘Lawrence and Bullen’, shows that all were created before the dissolution of this publishing firm in late 1900, which resulted in subsequently bound copies bearing the name ‘A. H. Bullen’ (see Wade pp. 41–42).

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  1. See Steven Winnett and Beth Miller, ‘Addenda to Wade. Item 21: The Secret Rose, The Canadian Association for Irish Studies Newsletter 5 (November 1974).

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  2. See Yeats’s 1898 essay on Gyles’s art, ‘A Symbolic Artist and the Coming of Symbolic Art’ (UP2 132–137), his 1900 note on her for an anthology (P&I 118), and a prose sketch of her (unnamed) in Au 411–412. See also the account of her in CL2 680–83, and Ian Fletcher, ‘Poet and Designer, W. B. Yeats and Althea Gyles’ in Robert O’Driscoll and Lorna Reynolds (eds.), Yeats Studies: an International Journal 1 (Bealtaine 1971), 42–79.

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  3. Besides VSR, pl. 1, see Fletcher, loc. cit., p. 59; Richard Ellmann, The Identity of Yeats (London: Macmillan, 1954; Faber and Faber, 1965), p. 65 (redrawn by Mary Gelb); The World of W. B. Yeats: Essays in Perspective, ed. Robin Skelton and Ann Saddlemyer (Dublin: Dolmen, 1965), pl. 3 & pp. 152–7; Richard J. Finneran, The Prose Fiction of W. B. Yeats: The Search forThose Simple Forms’ (Dublin: Dolmen Press, 1973), pl. 1, showing a copy of the 2nd issue, with ‘A. H. Bullen’ on the spine; A. Norman Jeffares, W. B. Yeats: A New Biography (London: Hutchinson, 1988), p. 90; and Wayne K. Chapman, W. B. Yeats and English Renaissance Literature (London: Macmillan, 1991), pl. 7. See also descriptions by Jacqueline Genet, ‘Villiers de L’Isle Adam and W. B. Yeats’, in Yeats the European, ed. A. Norman Jeffares (Savage, Maryland: Barnes and Noble, 1989), pp. 63–64; Steven Putzel, Reconstructing Yeats: The Secret Rose and The Wind Among the Reeds (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan; Totowa, N. J.: Barnes and Noble, 1986), pp. 22–25; William H. O’Donnell, A Guide to the Prose Fiction of W. B. Yeats (Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1983), pp. 90–91.

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  4. See CL2, 279–80, 402, cf. James G. Nelson, Elkin Mathews: Publisher to Yeats, Joyce, Pound (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989), 78.

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Hyde, V. (1998). Variant Covers of The Secret Rose. In: Gould, W. (eds) Yeats Annual No. 13. Yeats Annual. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-14614-7_12

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