Kathleen Coyle Book Collection

2014
Books, Bespoke Display Cabinets
An extensive collection of first edition copies of Derry born writer Kathleen Coyle’s books from the 1920s–40s and literary ephemera are presented in a series of bespoke display cabinets.

See also KATHLEEN
Press Photograph of Kathleen Coyle
The Kathleen Coyle Book Collection is an extensive collection of first edition copies of Irish writer Kathleen Coyle’s books from the 1920s–40s and related literary ephemera. Included in the collection is a copy of Coyle’s 1930 novel A Flock of Birds, inscribed with a personal note from the author to Ramsay MacDonald, first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The Kathleen Coyle Book Collection is presented in a series of display cabinets made by the artist. A set of information guides, giving publication dates and details of publishers accompanies the collection.



Born in Derry in 1886, writer Kathleen Coyle later lived in Liverpool, London, Dublin, Antwerp and Paris, where she was a friend of James and Nora Joyce. In 1937 Coyle traveled to the U.S. where she spent time at the MacDowell Artists Colony, New Hampshire before living in New York and New Jersey. Coyle’s novels explore the struggles of life from a female perspective; her 1929 novel Liv contains an introduction by Rebecca West. Coyle’s 1943 autobiography The Magical Realm describes in vivid detail her Derry childhood. Coyle died in Philadelphia in 1952.

Commissioned by Derry ~ Londonderry City of Culture Individual Artist Commission.

Kathleen Coyle Book Collection, Display Cabinets, Derry Central Library, Derry, 2014
Kathleen Coyle Book Collection, information guide
A Flock Of Birds, 1930, E P DUTTON & COMPANY, 300 Fourth Avenue, New York, and A Flock of Birds, 1930, JONATHAN CAPE, 30 Bedford Square, London
Kathleen Coyle Book Collection, Display Cabinets, Derry Central Library, Derry, 2014
A Flock Of Birds, 1930, BERNHARD TAUCHNITZ, LEIPZIG ,Collection of British And American Authors, VOL 4930
LIV, With an Introduction by Rebecca West, 1930, THE TRAVELLERS’ LIBRARY, JONATHAN CAPE, 30 Bedford Square, London
Kathleen Coyle Book Collection, Display Cabinets, Derry Central Library, Derry, 2014
THIS QUARTER, March 1931, EDWARD W. TITUS, Paris and EUROPE, Numero 116, 15 Aout 1932, LES EDITIONS RIEDER, Paris
A Flock Of Birds, 1930, JONATHAN CAPE, 30 Bedford Square, London, Inscription from Kathleen Coyle (Paris 1931) to British Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
The Saturday Review Of Literature, Vol XXVI No 9, Feb 27, 1943, New York:  Dream-World of Childhood, Review of Kathleen Coyle’s autobiography The Magical Realm
The Magical Realm, 1943, E P DUTTON & COMPANY, New York
Undue Fulfillment, 1934, WILLIAM MORROW & CO, New York, Preface for Jean Cocteau
Morning Comes Early, 1934, E P DUTTON & COMPANY, 286-302 Fourth Ave, New York, Morning Comes Early, 1934, THE ALBATROSS, Hamburg
Piccadilly, 1923, The Widow's House, 1924, It Is Better To Tell, 1927, all E P DUTTON & COMPANY, 681 Fifth Avenue, New York
Kathleen Coyle Book Collection, information guide
Kathleen Coyle Book Collection, Installation, Derry Central Library, Derry, 2014