Item #5000668 Short Stories in Prose and Verse. Price One Shilling. Henry LAWSON.
Short Stories in Prose and Verse. Price One Shilling.

Short Stories in Prose and Verse…
Short Stories in Prose and Verse. Price One Shilling.

Sydney: Louisa Lawson, 1894.

Octavo, wood-block illustrations and decorations throughout, some by B. E. Minns; a very good clean copy in the original grey-green wrappers printed and decorated in black and red; in a cloth case.

Henry Lawson's first book, printed by his mother

First and only edition, and an exceptionally good copy of this fragile and very rare publication; Henry Lawson's first book. It was printed and published by his mother, Louise Lawson, the outstanding early Australian feminist who employed only women for her printing and publishing ventures. The publication of the volume was a nationalistic statement, "an attempt to publish, in Australia, a collection of sketches and stories at a time when everything Australian… must bear the imprint of a London publishing firm before our critics will condescend to notice it…" (Preface).

First and only edition, and an exceptionally good copy of this fragile and very rare publication; Henry Lawson's first book. It was printed and published by his mother, Louise Lawson, the outstanding early Australian feminist who employed only women for her printing and publishing ventures. The publication of the volume was a nationalistic statement, "an attempt to publish, in Australia, a collection of sketches and stories at a time when everything Australian… must bear the imprint of a London publishing firm before our critics will condescend to notice it…" (Preface).

Mackaness records that "of the original edition of five hundred copies, many were accidentally destroyed by the sheets being blown of the cart on to the wet street while Lawson was taking them to the bindery". Lawson's inscription in David Scott Mitchell's copy reads: "This is my first book. Only a few copies were published fortunately. I withdrew the book from publication. The book should be interesting as a curiosity in printing". Despite this self-deprecating tone, some of Lawson's best-known and most enduring tales were printed here, including 'The Drover's Wife' and 'The Union Buries its Dead'…".

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Mackaness, 1; Miller, p.660; People, Print and Paper, 314.

Condition Report: Fine in fragile original binding; short tear to extreme upper edge of three leaves (pp 9-14).

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