CollectionThe Cuala Press Card Collection
Collection DescriptionThe Cuala Press was a private press established by Elizabeth Yeats in 1908, with support from her brother William Butler Yeats. The Press played an important role in the Celtic Revival of the early 20th century. Founded as Dun Emer Press, it operated as Cuala Press from 1908 until the late 1940s, promoting Irish writers like Yeats, Lady Gregory, John Millington Synge, and Oliver St John Gogarty.
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DescriptionA collection of cards representing some of the rarest of Cuala Press productions from the 1910s to the 1950s. Printed in outline from zinc blocks, many cards are individually hand-coloured by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats, or by other Cuala staff under her supervision; many of the cards have the quality of original watercolours. Commissioned from leading contemporary Irish artists, many of them women, the designs show typical west of Ireland landscapes or scenes from the Christmas story. All are printed on Irish paper specially made for the Cuala Press at the Saggart mill near Dublin. Although large numbers of these cards were issued, they are by their very nature ephemeral and very few examples remain, especially in this condition. A collection of the finest work of this distinguished hand-press, run by the Yeats sisters with the help of their brothers Jack and W.B. [QUB Listing]
AccessBy prior appointment.
NotePurchased from De Búrca Rare Books in January 2018.
Repository NameQueen's University Belfast Special Collections and Archives
AddressQueen's University Library Floor 1 The McClay Library 10 College Park Belfast
UK Postal CodeBT7 1LP
Telephone+44 28-9097-6333
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CommentSome of the information listed from this repository has been extracted by the Women's History Project from lists available in the library. It must be remembered that due to time constraints, not all items in this repository were examined individually. We are grateful for the assistance provided by Mary Kelly, librarian.