The Answer. William James CHIDLEY.
The Answer.

The Answer.

Melbourne: Australasian Authors' Agency, 1911.

Octavo, 80 pp. (last blank), frontispiece; a few old library stamps and scattered pithy marginalia; original printed wrappers.

Uncommon Melbourne-printed first edition of one of the most eccentric Australian publications: much republished, this first edition includes the notorious folding colour frontispiece depicting criminal, lunatic and 'Borgia' facial studies (a luxurious addition seemingly too expensive for Chidley's later re-issues and editions).

Uncommon Melbourne-printed first edition of one of the most eccentric Australian publications: much republished, this first edition includes the notorious folding colour frontispiece depicting criminal, lunatic and 'Borgia' facial studies (a luxurious addition seemingly too expensive for Chidley's later re-issues and editions).

'Sometimes I think books have been the curse of my life'. Thus spake William Chidley (1860-1916), whose own work, The Answer, could hardly have been deemed a blessing. Published in Melbourne in 1911, and suppressed by the NSW Supreme Court in 1914, Chidley's 'answer' to societal ills was a new approach to diet, dress and intercourse. Dedicated to 'womankind', his treatise on vegetables, vests and sexuality saw him gaoled for indecency and confined in a mental hospital, where he died. The Answer is a sad yet gentle tale of one that loved neither wisely nor too well.

With old library stamps for University of Sydney, but evidently de-accessioned at some point in the distant past.

Price (AUD): $500.00  other currencies Ref: #4103469

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