# 25348


Honour or ease? and other verses

$50.00 AUD

[London] : Printed for Private Circulation (Shield & Spring, printers, Lancelot Place, S.W.7), 1947. Octavo, printed pale blue wrappers (front with light foxing), staple bound, title page inscribed for Australian writer and artist Maie Casey and her husband, the diplomat and politician Baron R.G. Casey: ‘With best wishes to you both & to the children for 1948, from Michael Scott. (I did not write these)’, 23 pp, contents clean and sound.

An obscure, anonymous collection of six sonnets, ‘written to a foreign veteran, who during the war of 1914-18 fought for the Allies at Salonica, and added to his many other decorations our Military Cross….’ (p. 23). The sonnets may, therefore, have been dedicated to an Australian soldier – although there is no real clue as to the author’s identity.

In 1946 the Caseys had returned to Australia from India, where Baron Casey had been Governor-General of Bengal. Casey was federal president of the fledgling Liberal Party from 1947 to 1950. When the booklet was presented to them in December 1947, therefore, the Caseys would have been in Melbourne.

No other copy traced.

Provenance: Estate of Baroness Casey, Melbourne.


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