Presentation copy: "To Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, with the affectionate regard of his friend and admirer, Alfred Austin. April 1906." With Blunt's "Crabbet Park" bookplate. Austin succeeded Tennyson as Poet Laureate--probably the worst choice imaginable. E.F. Benson credits him with the following couplet written at the time of the Jameson Raid: "They went across the veldt / As hard as they could pelt." But then Byron, in similar vein, could write: "Merrily, merrily never unsound, / Shall our bonny black horses skim over the ground."