Book Description

A hand-coloured untitled woodcut, initialled in the plate by the artist Jack B. Yeats. Dublin: Cuala Press, nd (early 1900s). Printed on Irish paper made at Saggart Mill especially for the Cuala Press. Single sheet, measuring approximately 180mm x 135mm. Fine copy.
Dealer Notes
The Cuala Press began as a family affair. In 1902, Elizabeth and Susan Yeats founded a small printing press in Dundrum, Ireland. With the help of their distinguished brothers—William Butler served as an editor and author and Jack as an illustrator—the sisters’ company published almost exclusively Irish writers and illustrators, including W.B. Yeats himself, John M. Synge, Douglas Hyde, Katherine Tynan, Lady Gregory, George Russell (AE), and Frank O’Connor. Though the sisters began with little knowledge of the print industry and a half-century-old Albion hand press they had acquired through a newspaper advertisement, by Elizabeth’s death in 1940, the Cuala Press had become one of the most important literary publishing houses in Ireland—and the only mainstream Irish business of its time to be staffed and managed entirely by women.
Originally called the Dun Emer Press, the enterprise took on a new name in 1908, when the Yeats sisters moved the business to Dublin, whose ancient name was Cuala. The press itself was part of a women’s craft cooperative that was founded, according to its prospectus, “to find work for Irish hands in the making of beautiful things.” The press provided women with the rare opportunity to train in printing, painting, and drawing, as well as in Irish language, dance, and culture. Women contributors—artists and authors—were also featured prominently in Cuala’s publications, in sharp contrast with their customary role in the fine printing industry: colouring illustrations that had been designed by men.
Among the works hand-printed by the Cuala Press were limited-edition books, hand-coloured art prints and Christmas cards.
Author YEATS, Jack B.
Date Early 1900.
Binding Original hand-coloured print.
Publisher Dublin: The Cuala Press.
Condition Fine copy, as issued.

Price: £175.00

Offered by William Cowan

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