Ballads Weird and Wonderful(1912)
Illustrated by Vernon Hill
Published in 1912 by John Lane The Bodley Head (London), Ballads Weird and Wonderful is an
extraordinarily rare title, with 500 copies only being produced.
Hill was commissioned for the work - as described by Chope in his Foreword - because he was
"an artist who is not limited to the actual things of life, whose fancy is not confined within the
limits of a green field or a marble column - who, indeed, can see visions - whose inner life is
not of our life but of a strange occult devising, is impelled irresistibly towards the supernatural".
Hill's illustrations fulfill his brief in masterful fashion and they received high praise from contemporary critics. The New York Times review, for example, included the following
... the design of Satan rushing down through the waves with the boat containing
the faithless wife, is tremendous. Satan himself has one of the most graceful and
beautiful human bodies over drawn; the rhythm of the whole is thrilling, and the
conventionalized waves are splendid. There are two pictures of the dead Christ
which are solemnly and mystically impressive; "Edward, Edward" and "Hugh of
Lincoln" are powerful and imaginative, and the arm and torso of "The Mermaid"
are rare in their suggestion of soft and perfect beauty.
To the left, we show a copy of Ballads Weird andWonderful,
as illustrated by Vernon Hill and published by John Lane London
The Bodley Head (London) in 1912.
This example retains the original decoratively
gold-stamped gold cloth cover.
On the right, we show the decorated
Title Page to Ballads Weird and Wonderful.
1st Edition copies of Ballads Weird and Wonderful - as illustrated by Vernon Hill - are highly regarded by collectors and
For connoisseurs of Hill's work, we have prepared sets of 25 Greeting Cards displaying each of his images for Ballads Weird and Wonderful and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear.
When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in hommage to the hand-crafted
approach typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is
hand-finished and the images are presented on White card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each card
carries information about Vernon Hill, this wonderful suite and the profiled illustration - we have left the interior of the
cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.
Similarly, we have provided options for the purchase of reproductions of these
wonderful images in a range of sizes as our Fine Art Posters.
Each of those Fine Art Posters is prepared with archival quality materials to ensure
many years of ongoing enjoyment.
Should you wish to order a Fine Art Poster or an individual Greeting Card from this
suite, or simply like to read more about any of the images in this superb set and the
ballads that served as the inspiration for Vernon Hill, please follow the hyperlinks
(that is, click on the illustration of interest) and you will be taken through to a page
dedicated to that illustration.
To make a purchase, simply click on the appropriate "Add to Cart" button and you
will be taken through to our Shopping Cart secured through PayPal. Multiple
purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any
destination in the world are accommodated by our flat-rate fee of US$20 for every
US$200 worth of purchases.
Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your
contact on any matter through ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.
In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Vernon Hill.
An example of one of our Fine Art
Posters as presented in either a
10x18'' or 20x36'' format
The Wife of Usher's Well
The Queen of Elfland's Nourice
The Demon Lover
The Great Sealchie
of Sule Skerrie
|A Lyke-Wake Dirge
|The Twa Corbies
|Sweet William's Ghost
The Elfin Knight
The Cruel Mother
Lord Thomas and Fair Annet
The Croodlin' Doo
The Water O' Wearie's Well
The Wee, Wee Man
|Hugh of Lincoln