New York: Dodd, Mead, 1897. First American Edition. Octavo. Item #028218
Frontispiece, 268 pages; With the dedication to A.E. (George William Russell); Illustrations by John Butler (Jack) Yeats, Both Althea Gyles and Yeats became interested in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the cabbalistic iconography of which influenced her design of the cover of this extraordinary book. The contents: The binding of the hair -- The wisdom of the King -- Where there is nothing, there is God -- The crucifixion of the outcast -- Out of the rose -- The curse of the fires and of the shadows -- The heart of the spring -- Of Costello, the Proud, of Oona the daughter of Dermott and of the bitter tongue -- The book of the Great Dhoul and Hanrahan the Red -- The twisting of the rope and Hanrahan the Red -- Kathleen the daughter of Hoolihan and Hanrahan the Red -- The curse of Hanrahan the Red -- The vision of Hanrahan the Red -- The death of Hanrahan the Red -- The rose of shadow -- The old men of the twilight --Rosa alchemica. a major work on the growing Celtic Movement in Literature at the end of the 19th century. A beautiful copy bound in black cloth designed by Althea Gyles pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt, spine gilt and somewhat darkened, from the Library of John A. Berkey, noted Chicago Book Collector. Near fine.