Ballades and Verses Vain


This is a collection of poetry by Andrew Lang, who is best known for his anthologies of folk and fairy tales such as "The Blue Fairy Book." Blue cloth cover with gilt lettering and decoration.  5"x7" with 165 pages.  Spine ends and corners show wear.  Hinges are tight, pages are clean.


"Ballades and Verses Vain, by Andrew Lang (1884). Mr. Lang’s light and graceful touch is well illustrated in this little volume, containing some of his prettiest lyrics. He is fond of the old French verse forms, and the sentiments which belong to them. The gay verses are wholly gay; the serious ones are pervaded with a pensive sadness—that of old memories and legends. Mr. Lang’s sober muse is devoted to Scotland, and after that to old France and older Greece; but whether grave or gay, his exquisite workmanship never fails him." - H. R. Keller in The Reader’s Digest of Books.


  • Ballades and Verses Vain
  • Andrew Lang
  • Charles Scribner's Sons, 1884
  • First Edition