I gave myself a little gift today. As I spend so much time in graveyards, I couldn't say no to spending 60 pence (a dollar?) on this little 1903 volume of Gray’s “Elegy in a Country Churchyard” and “Ode on a Distant prospect of Eton College”.
I would hardly have taken any notice of the book if I had not known the poem inside...its frankly battered and dreary cover would not attract much attention. But look inside with me....you can see why I am glad that I did pick it up – filled as it is with some very charming wood or lino cut (?) vignette illustrations by J.T.Friedenson.
I’m including them all here, though I don't know why Typepad is cutting off the right hand side of all the images today - click on them to get "the full picture", and right-click on the bigger image if you want to download it. If anyone wants even higher resolution images, mail me). I think they would make lovely bookmarks and/or bookplates, don’t you? Have fun with them.
The other images follow....and here is a link to the whole “Graveyard” poem – and some interesting information about Stoke Poges, where the author lies buried.