Dublin, Ireland: Dolmen Press, 1972. Softcover. Quarto, 10" x 7." Publisher's tan paper covers with red and black lettering. Clear jacket. Black illustration to front cover. pp. 62 and 42 plates. Sound binding. Clean, high-quality pages, 14 point Pilgrim type. New Yeats Papers 2 (Miller 195). Near fine. Item #85199
In the present work, the British poet and scholar Kathleen Raine explores Yeats's use of Tarot cards and his association with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The Order devoted itself to the study of the occult, metaphysics, and paranormal activity during the 19th and 20th centuries. Raine's scholarship provides insight on the influence of mysticism and the occult on Yeats's life and work.
Yeats, the Tarot and the Golden Dawn is the second volume in the Dolmen Press New Yeats Papers, a series which presented scholarly works W.B. Yeats. The Dolmen Press was a fine press printing outlet founded by Liam Miller and his wife Josephine in 1951. From the outset, the Press printed Irish poetry and literature using a handpress, with expertly designed page layout, typography, and illustrations. Liam Miller supervised the production of nearly 324 books until his death in 1987, the same year the press closed. The Press's commitment to high quality printing and its exclusive focus on Irish authors and artists had a lasting influence on Irish publishing. Dolmen Press publications exemplify the rich culture and heritage of Irish craftsmanship, literature, and book design.