The Ballad of Beau Brocade and other Poems of the XVIIIth Century - Austin Dobson, Hugh Thomson (illustrator) 1892 - Kegan Paul, London - Large Paper Edition. Number 30 of 450 copies ‘And of all the knights of the gentle trade
Nobody bolder than Beau Brocade.’

An excellent copy of this 18th century-style ballad, one of Dobson’s most spirited works of verse, handsomely bound by Ramage, and charmingly illustrated with fifty black and white drawings by Hugh Thomson, printed on Japanese vellum.

This collection also includes the poems ‘A Gentleman of the Old School’, ‘A Dead Letter’, ‘The Old Sedan Chair’, ‘The Ladies of St. James’, ‘Molly Trefusis’, and ‘A Chapter on Froissart’.
  Henry Austin Dobson (1840-1921) was an English poet, essayist and biographer. Dobson was a civil servant at the British Board of Trade, but began publishing poetry in literary magazines during the 1860s. Heavily influenced by writers and artists of the 18th century, Dobson’s interest in poetic structure led him to write in forms originally from the French, such as the villanelle, rondel, ballade, rondeau, and triolet, and he subsequently played a role in the revival of French forms among English poets.

References: Poetry Foundation, web.

Octavo. (18.5 x 25.5 cm). pp. [20] 89 [3].
  Finely bound by Ramage in three quarter blue morocco over blue cloth, spine in six compartments with titles and decorative motif in gilt, top edge gilt, blue marbled endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, small bookseller sticker to lower front endpaper, ink inscription to front endpaper, in near fine binding with a modicum of rubbing to extremities.   Ref: 108259   Price: HK$ 3,000