Ballades, Rondeaus and Occasional Verse
[Adelaide], 'Printed and Published by the Author', 1931.
Octavo, 171 pages with the press mark on the title page.
Flush-cut quarter cloth and plain papered boards, with the title indistinctly printed along the spine; stitching loose; however, it is probably pretty much an as-issued copy of a very indifferent private press production.
Inscribed by the author, who later released his hand-set and hand-printed items under the imprint of The Horace Walpole Press. Offered together with four other titles from the Press: 'Occasional Verse' (by Rogers, 1933); 'More Occasional Verse' (by Rogers, 1935), and 'Selections from Modern French Poetry' and 'Dips into the Classics' (both translated by H.E. Ashley and F.E. Rogers). Although the last two mentioned are undated, Farmer ('Private Presses and Australia', 1972) gives 1938 as the publication date of 'Selections from Modern French Poetry'. As this book lists all of the titles recorded by Farmer other than 'Memoirs of a Medico' (1941), it seems reasonable to suggest that the six undated titles in Farmer appeared not later than 1938. Of the four extra titles offered here, only 'Occasional Verse' is not inscribed and signed by the author. Frederick Edward Rogers (1865-1947) was an English doctor. He recounts in his memoirs that 'In 1923, my health being indifferent, my wife and I and two younger daughters set sail for Adelaide, South Australia, where we joined our second girl who had married a Digger'. [5 items].