ETON COLLEGE - E.V.B. [Eleanor Vere BOYLE]. A Midsummer-Night Dream [Floreat Etona].
ETON COLLEGE - E.V.B. [Eleanor Vere BOYLE]. A Midsummer-Night Dream [Floreat Etona].
ETON COLLEGE - E.V.B. [Eleanor Vere BOYLE]. A Midsummer-Night Dream [Floreat Etona].

ETON COLLEGE - E.V.B. [Eleanor Vere BOYLE]. A Midsummer-Night Dream [Floreat Etona].

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ETON COLLEGE - E.V.B. [Eleanor Vere BOYLE]. A Midsummer-Night Dream [Floreat Etona]. Eton College Press: R. Ingalton Drake. 1887.

Large square 8vo.; publisher's thick card covers decorated in Art Nouveau style in blues and silver; pp. [viii] + 30; with a few engraved vignettes; with light dusting to covers, rubbing to joints and edges, and a couple of small chips to spine, internally generally clean with a little occasional spotting, and some offsetting from one of the engravings to the adjacent text.
First, and sole, edition of this small publication printed for the Bazaar held by The Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, in the Guildhall, Windsor, Nov. 24th 1887, including a 12-page essay by 'E.V.B.' describing, in purple prose, the week of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee and, more precisely, the monarch's procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster on June 21st. Also included is a verse in Latin entitled 'Carmen Etonese'; the Torc Dance of the Eton boys performed for her with music and libretto for a musical anthem entitled "Victoria - Our Queen!" with the drill of the torch-light manoeuvres, with diagrams, and a description of the musical performance by Edmund Warre, accompanied by Eton's "Boating Song".
This a presentation copy, inscribed in ink "With the Author's Compts." to a front blank.
Eleanor Vere Boyle [nee Gordon] (1825-1916), illustrator and author, developed her talent rather late in life under the tutelage of William Boxhall, Charles Eastlake and Thomas Landseer. Professionally she became known by the initials "E.V.B." and is chiefly known for her illustrations for fourteen children's books, primarily fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

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