GORDON, Abraham Samuel (1866-1936)
[JUDAICA; ART UNIONS] Mordecai MacCobber : the story of a Scotch Jew in Australia : his many successes and his more dismal failures.
Compiled from his posthumous papers, newspapers, official documents, and private family records by the late Hon. Benjamin Schlimm-Mazel (Abraham Samuel Gordon) (Late President of Fiji Islands Fedreral Senate). In three parts. St. Kilda, Vic. : Wellman & Co., printers [for A.S. Gordon], “1st April 1937” [but c.1919]. Third edition. Octavo, original blind embossed blue cloth boards lettered in gilt (boards with light stains, spine sunned, hinges cracked), front pastedown with later ownership signature of Australian historian Marjorie Tipping, a presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free-endpaper ‘Mr. L. Levin, Prince of Wales Hotel, St. Kilda, With the author’s compliments, Abraham Samuel Gordon, Dec. 17 / 19’ and with a further inscription in Hebrew in the same hand; title page annotated by the author ‘Ne’er do well’, explaining the Yiddish name ‘Schlimm-Mazel’; pp 288, ; two frontispiece vignette portraits;
Satirical, semi-autobiographical (and self-promotional) work by Abraham Samuel Gordon (1866-1936), a Russian Jew who arrived in Australia in 1887. Gordon, a businessman and philanthropist, was partly responsible for the popularity and success of Art Unions in Australia and New Zealand in the late nineteenth century.
For a detailed account of this fascinating character, see Dr. Paul F. Cooper’s essay on the website Philanthropists and philanthropy in Australian colonial history.