From observations made in the National Library of Ireland, June 2014, and extracted from a descriptive work in progress (cf. The W. B. and George Yeats Library: A Short–Title Catalog. Clemson, SC: Clemson University Press, 2006. www.clemson.edu/ cedp/press/pubs/YeatsSTC/index.htm). With the 1909 printing of these works in agreement with the first edition of 1891 and intermediate reprints, and available for viewing at archive.org, the following notes may be used to reconstruct one's own picture of Yeats's engagement with Landor's texts. In addition to the marked copies of Landor's work, Yeats also owned a clean copy of Imaginary Conversations (London: Walter Scott, 1886; 1090 [YL 1080], signed: “W B Yeats | 1886.” He also owned Sidney Colvin's Landor (London: Macmillan, 1902; 425 [YL 414]), with a passage on language and style stroked; as well as John Forster's Walter Savage Landor: A Biography, 2 vols. (London: Chapman & Hall, 1869; 703 [YL 690]), bearing a few pencil strokes but referring, on the back flyleaf of vol. 1, to a possibly relevant quotation by Landor on “the Roman Catholic superstition” (p. 461).
1091. [YL *1081]. [NLI 40,568/124/1–6; 50, 35, 57, 48, 36, 34 sheets from vols. 1–6, respectively; envelope 445/1–6].
Landor, Walter Savage. Imaginary Conversations, with Bibliographical and Explanatory Notes by Charles Crump. Ed. Charles G. Crump. 6 vols. London: J. M. Dent, 1909. Bp: WBY
Light stroking in all volumes and slips inserted in some, passim.
p. [vii]: “Achilles and Helena” checked in pencil; also “Asop and Rhodopè” (first and second conversations) in Contents.
p. viii: a pencil check mark beside “Epicurus, Leontion, and Ternissa” in Contents.
p. 2: corner of page turned down.
p. 43: a check mark beside line 2 (“pleasure”).
p. 60: an angle bracket pointing to Pericles’ speech; a stroke at the second line of Sophocles’ reply.
p. 70: strokes beside lines 12 and 13 in “Diogenes and Plato.”
p. 73: a check at line 31 (Diogenes).
p. 76: short stroke at the last line.
p. 77: a check at line 16 (Plato).
p. 79: an arrow pointing to “An Athenian can but begin what an ant …” (Diogenes).