Isabella, or The Pot of Basil (1907)


To left, we show the delicate card cover designed by King for Keats'

Isabella, or The Pot of Basil - as published co-jointly by T N Foulis (London)

and George W Jacobs and Company (Philadelphia) in 1907. 


It is noteworthy that the printing for both publishers was undertaken

by Neill and Co. Ltd. of Edinburgh.







On the right, we show King's illustrated

Title Page from Isabella, or The Pot of Basil.


Isabella, or The Pot of Basil is the work of one of the leading poets from the English Romantic movements,

John Keats (1795-1821). Keats body of work had influence far beyond his short life, including on the subsequent

work of Alfred Tennyson and Pre-Raphaelite artists.


The illustrations by King are sublime and complement the poetry of Keats wonderfully.



My love impersonate was ever dead

Pale Isabella kissed it and low moaned





Isabella and the Pot of Basil

She had no knowledge when the day was done

And the new morn she saw not

Bit in peace hung over her sweet Basil

 ever more



Today thou wilt not see him nor tomorrow

And the next day will be a day of sorrow


Yet they continued to steal the Basil pot

And to examine it in secret place



Title Page



Illustrations Page


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