London and New York: John Lane, 1901. Reprint. Flowers of Parnassus Series VIII, Illustrations by Herbert Cole.
Small hardcover (14.2 x 11.5cm), pp. 39, 5 (1 blank, 2 Adverts, 1 tailpiece, I blank), black and white illustrations; leather, gilt stamped oval device on top board enclosing title in gilt, t.e.g.
Re-backed at some point in the past, original green leather has faded to brown, corners rubbed, pale mark at top edge of top board (3.5 x 1cm), starting at front hinge, Mackellar’s signature in brown ink on recto of ffep, offset on half title, pages lightly toned. Item #917
Sir John Suckling (1609-1642) penned his popular Ballade in the seventeenth century. “It was written upon the occasion of the marriage of Suckling’s friend, Roger Boyle (Lord Broghill or Brohall, afterward Earl of Orrery), and Lady Margaret Howard, daughter of the Earl of Suffolk. There are evidences that it was set to music which was very popular. John Lawson wrote of the ballad: ‘This is really excellent, brisk, humorous, and poetical.’ Wordsworth wrote: ‘I fully concur in Mr. Lawson’s criticism, but wish he had been more explicit…. This may safely be pronounced his opus magnum: indeed for grace and simplicity it stands unrivalled in the whole compass of ancient and modern poetry.’” (Bartleby website, retrieved October 9, 2019).
If Dorothea MacKellar owned this copy in 1901, when this edition was published, she would have been fifteen or sixteen and just three years from writing her own most popular poem “My Country” (originally published as “Core of My Heart” in 1908).