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
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)
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
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
A hue and cry after Cupid
With every thing that pretty bin,
My lady sweet, arise:
Cruel Barbara Allen
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
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
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
Why so large cost, having so short a lease,
Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend?
Cupid and Campaspe
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
(Sir Edward Sherburne)
Though he be a child and blind
Fine knacks for ladies, cheap, choice
brave and new
With goodly greenish locks, all untied,
As each had been a bride
(William Browne of Tavistock)
A rose as fair as ever saw the North
Grew in a little garden all alone
To His Kinswoman
Like to those garden-glories which here be
The flowery-sweet resemblances of thee
The Picture of T C in a
Prospect of Flowers
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
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
And think not on the narrow space
Between a cradle and a grave
So, calm are we when passions are no more!
Who is Silvia?
Who is Silvia? What is she,
That all our swains commend her?
To the Virgins, to Make
Much of Time
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying