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YEATS, W. B. The Collected Works in Verse and Prose, London: Chapman & Hall, imprinted at the Shakespeare Head Press Stratford-on-Avon, 1908, 8 volumes, 8°, [limited to 1060 copies, this one of ca. 250 copies printed for Chapman and Hall], titles in red and black, photogravure frontispiece portraits by Emery Walker after John Sargent, Charles Shannon, A. Mancini and J. B. Yeats in volumes I, III, V and VII (portrait in vol. I lacking tissue guard), original grey cloth backed in vellum, upper covers and spines titled in gilt (spines lightly dust-soiled and speckled, spine of vol. II slightly crinkled at foot), t.e.g., others uncut (top edges dust-soiled). [Wade 75-82] (8)

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YEATS, W. B. The Collected Works in Verse and Prose, London: Chapman & Hall, imprinted at the Shakespeare Head Press Stratford-on-Avon, 1908, 8 volumes, 8°, [limited to 1060 copies, this one of ca. 250 copies printed for Chapman and Hall], titles in red and black, photogravure frontispiece portraits by Emery Walker after John Sargent, Charles Shannon, A. Mancini and J. B. Yeats in volumes I, III, V and VII (portrait in vol. I lacking tissue guard), original grey cloth backed in vellum, upper covers and spines titled in gilt (spines lightly dust-soiled and speckled, spine of vol. II slightly crinkled at foot), t.e.g., others uncut (top edges dust-soiled). [Wade 75-82] (8)
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Johann B. W. Polak, ownership stamp to rear pastedown of each volume.

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Wade records that A. H. Bullen "arranged with Messrs. Chapman and Hall, Ltd., to take over 250 copies, his reason being that, as he did not employ a traveller and Chapman and Hall did, they would be able to interest booksellers whom he would not be able to reach. The volumes taken over had special titles with LONDON: CHAPMAN & HALL Limited at foot, and the binding bore CHAPMAN & HALL at foot of spine; otherwise they were identical with those issued from the Shakespeare Head Press."
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