The Complete Poetical Works of Austin Dobson

The Complete Poetical Works of Austin Dobson

The Complete Poetical Works of Austin Dobson

The Complete Poetical Works of Austin Dobson

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As it has been possible, through the generosity of the Oxford University Press, to present to the Public, now for the first time, the complete collected poems of Austin Dobson, it may be useful to refer briefly to the various volumes that have preceded the present edition.

Austin Dobson's first volume of verse was published by Messrs. Henry S. King & Co. in October, 1873, and was entitled Vignettes in Rhyme and Vers de Société. It contained poems which had appeared in various magazines, chiefly St. Paul's,then under the editorship of Anthony Trollope, to whom the volume was dedicated. A second edition appeared in 1874, and a third in 1875.

In May, 1877, it was followed by Proverbs in Porcelain and other Verses, a fresh ingathering issued by the same publishers. A second edition appeared in 1878, the residue of which was destroyed by a fire.

In 1880, Vignettes in Rhyme and Other Verses, a selection for the most part of the two earlier volumes, was published in New York by Messrs. Henry Holt & Co., with a dedication to Oliver Wendell Holmes and an introduction by Edmund Clarence Stedman. A reprint appeared in 1885.

In 1883, by which date the two English volumes above mentibned were no longer obtainable, the American Selection of 1880, newly arranged, was reprinted in London by Messrs. Kegan Paul, Trench & Co. (successors to Messrs. Henry S. King & Co.) as Old World Idylls; the fifteenth and final edition appearing in 1906.

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