Sit nomen Domini benedictum. The Eureka Stockade: the consequences of some pirates wanting on quarter-deck a rebellion…. Raffaello CARBONI.
Sit nomen Domini benedictum. The Eureka Stockade: the consequences of some pirates wanting on quarter-deck a rebellion…
Sit nomen Domini benedictum. The Eureka Stockade: the consequences of some pirates wanting on quarter-deck a rebellion…

Sit nomen Domini benedictum. The Eureka Stockade…
Sit nomen Domini benedictum. The Eureka Stockade: the consequences of some pirates wanting on quarter-deck a rebellion…

Melbourne: Printed for the Author by J.P. Atkinson and Co… and may be had at the office of J.M. Grant, Esq, M.L.C., solicitor, Collins-Street [and several other locations in Melbourne and Ballarat], December 1, 1855.

Octavo, a very good copy, finely bound (without the original wrappers) in traditional half calf by Aquarius.

The Eureka Stockade: the only contemporary account by a participant

First edition of this justly famous and very rare Australian book, a foundation icon of Australian Republicanism. Long acclaimed as a major work in the Australian literary canon and of vital importance for its documentary aspects, Carboni's sometimes eccentric book is the key work on the events at Eureka in 1854, Australia's only armed uprising.

First edition of this justly famous and very rare Australian book, a foundation icon of Australian Republicanism. Long acclaimed as a major work in the Australian literary canon and of vital importance for its documentary aspects, Carboni's sometimes eccentric book is the key work on the events at Eureka in 1854, Australia's only armed uprising.

Carboni, a linguist, traveller, author, and composer, joined the Young Italy movement ("Risorgimento") in the 1840s, and was wounded three times in the Roman campaign of 1849. During his 'self-imposed but necessary exile', he worked in England as an interpreter and translator before coming to Australia in 1852, where he became a digger at Ballarat.

As an articulate European, with revolutionary experience, he was appointed by Lalor to organise the foreigners in the stockade. As a member of the inner committee, though not present when the soldiers attacked, he was one of the twelve men charged with high treason but acquitted, since no jury would convict them. He was then elected to the local court at Ballarat. Before returning to Italy in 1856, he published his version of events at Eureka, which was sold on their first anniversary. His extraordinary and idiosyncratic narrative of Eureka is the only contemporary book by a participant. 'He had a strong instinct for style, and this, with his quick observant eye, his fire and his intense sincerity, his strong sense of humour, his faculty for character-sketching, and his curious and likeable personality combine to make his narrative memorable' (Green).

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Ferguson, 7949; Keesing, p. 394; Mackaness, 'The Art of Book-Collecting', pp. 7-8; People, Print & Paper, pp. 67-8; Serle, p. 162 ff.

Condition Report: A couple of traces of very minor foxing, generally fine.

Price (AUD): $16,500.00

US$11,182.71   Other currencies

Ref: #5000665

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