Proverbs in Porcelain; to which is added "Au Revoir" A Dramatic Vignette

Finely Illustrated and Handsomely Bound

DOBSON, Austin. PARTRIDGE, Bernard, illustrator. RAMAGE, John, binder. Proverbs in Porcelain to which is added "Au Revoir" A Dramatic Vignette. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, & Co. Ltd., 1893.

Octavo (7 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches; 197 x 140 mm.). 110, [110-113 notes], [114 blank], [115 colophon], [1 blank]. Twenty-five charming full-page illustrations by Bernard Partridge.

Bound by Ramage (stamp signed on front turn-in) ca. 1893 in full red hard-grain morocco. Covers with rectangular gilt borders, each corner with a decoratively inlaid blue morocco fan design. Spine with four raised bands, lettered in gilt and with a similar inlaid fan design in the center, gilt board edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt, original maroon cloth wrappers and spine bound in at end. A fine copy.

"The six "Proverbs in Porcelain," here reprinted from "Old-World Idylls," were first published in 1877 in a collection of miscellaneous verse. To these is now added, as belonging, if not to the same series, at least to the same species, the dramatic vignette called "Au Revoir," from "At the Sign of the Lyre." I confess that I felt some misgiving whether these miniature studies, so frail in structure, so slight in substance, would lend themselves readily to pictorial embodiment. But thus was clearly to reckon without vitalising power of Art, and the accomplished pencil of Mr. Bernard Partridge."
(Austin Dobson, Prefatory note).

Contents:

Prologue
Ballad á-la-Mode
The Metamorphosis
The Song out of Season
The Cap that fits
The Secrets of the Heart
Good Night, Babette!
Epilogue
Au Revoir - A Dramatic Vignette
Notes

John Bernard Partridge (1861-1945) was a London born English illustrator. In 1891 he joined the staff of Punch and, in 1910, became its chief cartoonist, replacing Edward Linley Sambourne. During his time at Punch, Partridge published several cartoons showing his support for the Suffragist movement. He was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and of The Pastel Society. In 1915, he designed World War I posters, some of which are now held at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, including Take up the Sword of Justice. Many of his portraits are exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Austin Dobson (1840-1921) was an English Poet and essayist. Item #03202

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