‘Pheidippides’ (C. Louis Leipoldt) – The Ballad of Dick King and Other Poems


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(Cape Town: Stewart Publishers, 1949)

8vo; original green cloth lettered in gilt on spine; no dustwrapper; pp. (viii) + xviii + 58; frontis. portrait. Spine and top edge a little sunned; striking bookplate of C. J. Albertyn to front pastedown and small ink accession stamp to front free endpaper. Very good condition. With a Memoir and Notes by H. M. L. Bolus and an Introduction by R. F. M. Immelman. ‘Shortly before his death Leipoldt arranged for the publication of this collection the only selection he ever made of his English poems which were written or begun at various times from boyhood onwards. His first English poem appeared in 1900 in the New Age” a London weekly. He has retained the pseudonym Pheidippides which he often used during the last war linking the heroism of our own men with that of the Greek who when the Persians reached Attica ran all the way from Athens to Sparta to seek aid – in vain … This pseudonym was happily chosen; for in the strength and encouragement they both derived from wild nature there was much in common between the Pheidippides of Browning’s Dramatic Idyll and Leipoldt himself who was so often in his own bitter disappointments refreshed and spurred on to greater effort by similar emotions. And so in that character he could glory all the more in Dick King’s “Marathon” through country whose physical beauty wild life and many moods he also knew well; and could “match the magic pride that shares the splendour of a deed well done”.'”