Octavo; gilt-decorated synthetic cloth; a fine copy with the fine original opaque paper dustwrapper (slightly sunned on the spine).
A special edition of the publisher's Australian Classics series; mounted on the half-title is a bookplate numbered, signed and dated by the author. This is copy number 9 of an unspecified upper limit, but we believe it to be modest. Curiously, the plate also asks the author to state where the signing took place; in this instance it was Norfolk Island on 28 September 1980! Offered with three uniformly-bound companion volumes, in fine condition with the dustwrappers as above. These volumes are Poor Man's Orange, also by Ruth Park (1980/ 1949; number 8; Norfolk Island, 28 September 1980); The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark (1980/ 1941; number 9; Katoomba, 15 August 1980); and A History of Australia by Marjorie Barnard (1980/ 1963; number 5; Point Clare, 16 August 1980).