The Book of Old English Songs and Ballads (1915)

Illustrated by Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale



To the left, we show a rare example of the 1st Edition of

The Book of Old English Songs and Ballads carrying the

illustrations of Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale. That Edition

was published by Hodder & Stoughton (London) in 1915.


This copy retains the original red- and green-stamped

decorated green cloth cover.







On the right, we show the Title Page to this Edition

of The Book of Old English Songs and Ballads.


The Book of Old English Songs and Ballads is a compilation including more than 50 traditional English songs and ballads

from writers including: William Shakespeare; Ben Jonson; Sir Henry Wotton; John Donne; Abraham Cowley; John Lyly;

Sir Edward Sherburne; John Dowland; Edmund Spenser; William Browne; Robert Herrick; Andrew Marvell;

Thomas Randolph; Katherine Philips; Edmund Waller.


The illustrations contributed by Fortescue-Brickdale to the version published in 1915 are decorated in wonderful fashion -

as would be expected given her Pre-Raphaelite influences - and are a wonderful complement to the songs and ballads

they accompany.



Our Greeting Cards and Reproduction Images



For connoisseurs of the art of Eleanor Forescue-Brickdale, we have prepared sets of 24 Greeting Cards displaying each of her major colour images for The Book of Old English Songs and Ballads and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear.






Code: EFB BOESB CS(24)
Price: US$120.00


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 Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each

card carries information about Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, 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.


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In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale.



The colour illustrations


On the Lady Elizabeth, and

Count Palatine Being Married

on St Valentine's Day

(John Donne)

Hail, Bishop Valentine, whose day this is!

All the air is thy diocese,

And all the chirping choristers

And other birds are thy parishoners



A Hue and Cry after Cupid

(Ben Jonson)

A hue and cry after Cupid

Chevy Chase

(William Shakespeare)

With every thing that pretty bin,

My lady sweet, arise:

Arise, arise!


Barbara Allen


Cruel Barbara Allen


Passing By


I did but see her passing by,

And yet I love her till I die!



The Character of a Happy Life

(Sir Henry Wotton)

Untied unto the world by care

Of public fame or private breath

The Wish

(Abraham Cowley)

Pride and Ambition here

Only in far-fetcht metaphors appear;

Here nought but the winds can

hurtful murmurs scatter;

And nought but Echo flatter



The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington


The Bailiff's daughter of Islington




Cupid Indicted

(John Lyly)

Is any cozened of a tear

Which as a pearl disdain does wear?

Hear stands the thief; let her but come

Hither, and lay on him her doom



The Way of Life

(William Shakespeare)

Why so large cost, having so short a lease,

Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend?

Cupid and Campaspe

(John Lyly)

O love! has she done this to thee?

What shall, alas! become of me?

A Sweet Lullaby


Although a lion in the field,

A lamb in turn thou shalt him find


The Surprise

(Sir Edward Sherburne)

Though he be a child and blind



The Pedlar

(John Dowland)

Fine knacks for ladies, cheap, choice

brave and new


(Edmund Spenser)

With goodly greenish locks, all untied,

As each had been a bride

The Rose

(William Browne of Tavistock)

A rose as fair as ever saw the North

Grew in a little garden all alone



To His Kinswoman

(Robert Herrick)

Like to those garden-glories which here be

The flowery-sweet resemblances of thee



The Picture of T C in a

Prospect of Flowers

(Andrew Marvell)

Yet this is she whose chaster laws

The wanton love shall one day fear,

And, under her command severe,

See his bow broke, and ensigns torn



Ode to Master Anthony Stafford

(Thomas Randolph)

Whose brown hath lovelier grace

Than any painted face

That I do know

Hyde Park can show



The New Jerusalem


Our lady sings Magnificat,

With tones surpassing sweet



(Katherine Philips)

And think not on the narrow space

Between a cradle and a grave



Old Age

(Edmund Waller)

So, calm are we when passions are no more!

Who is Silvia?

(William Shakespeare)

Who is Silvia? What is she,

That all our swains commend her?

To the Virgins, to Make

Much of Time

(Robert Herrick)

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

Old Time is still a-flying