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OGILVIE, Will H. (1869 - 1963)

Fair girls and gray horses : with other verses

$400.00 AUD

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Sydney : The Bulletin Newspaper Company, Ltd., 1898. Octavo, gilt-lettered green cloth (spine sunned), bookseller’s blindstamp for Rigby of Adelaide to front free endpaper, pp. viii; 168, top edges gilt, others uncut, ribbon marker, a couple of gatherings starting to loosen, a few very minor spots of foxing, else very good.

The author’s first book of verse.

‘Collected from Australian newspapers of the preceding five years, a selection of poems within the book entitled Fair girls and gray horses was published by The Bulletin Newspapers in November 1898 and was well received as ‘the most charming book of Australian verse that has yet appeared’. The book was reprinted four times by 1901 due to demand. Subsequent editions contained varying numbers of poems, and in different orders (for example the 1905 edition at fourteen thousand impressions had 95 poems and a photograph of a young Will sitting with his arms crossed, while the 1930 edition of nineteen thousand impressions had 84 poems and a photograph of Will standing beside his dog).’ – Wikipedia

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