Grien on Rougemont. Or the Story of a Modern Robinson Crusoe.
Grien on Rougemont. Or the Story of a Modern Robinson Crusoe.
Grien on Rougemont. Or the Story of a Modern Robinson Crusoe.
Grien on Rougemont. Or the Story of a Modern Robinson Crusoe.
Grien on Rougemont. Or the Story of a Modern Robinson Crusoe.

Grien on Rougemont. Or the Story of a Modern Robinson Crusoe.

London: Edward Lloyd, 1898.

Folio, illustrated throughout, original wrappers printed in red and green bound in, old newspaper clippings tipped in; in modern red half morocco by Morrell, bookplate of Henry L. White.

An Australian "Robinson Crusoe"

An interesting satirical account of one of the great late century hoaxes, of a Swiss man who claimed to have lived among the Aborigines of northern Australia. Illustrated by the great cartoonist Phil May, who had honed his style while working on the Bulletin in Sydney.

An interesting satirical account of one of the great late century hoaxes, of a Swiss man who claimed to have lived among the Aborigines of northern Australia. Illustrated by the great cartoonist Phil May, who had honed his style while working on the Bulletin in Sydney.

Louis de Rougemont (born Henri Louis Grin) first came to Australia as an aide to the governor of Western Australia William Robinson, but in 1877 'became master and owner of the pearling cutter Ada, which was posted missing in February 1877 some months before it was found wrecked near Cooktown, Queensland; Grin claimed to have sailed the 3000 miles (4828 km) from Fremantle and to have been the sole survivor of an attack by Aboriginals at Lacrosse Island' (ADB). After a quiet decade or so in Sydney, he suddenly fled to New Zealand and then England, where he published a fanciful serial based on his "thirty years" living with the Aborigines of northern Australia in the then popular Wide World Magazine.

D.W. Carnegie, a writer for the rival Daily Chronicle, was one of the first to spot Rougemont's deception, and wrote a series of articles, collected here. Rougemont later toured as the self-styled "Greatest Liar on Earth".

Price (AUD): $875.00  other currencies     Ref: #4108002

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