London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1891.
Octavo, xii, 440 pages plus a etched frontispiece portrait by H. Manesse.
Cloth slightly flecked and rubbed; spine lightly sunned and creased; uncut top edge and the leaves adjacent to the boards a little foxed; two tiny punctures near the head of the rear cover; an excellent copy.
The background to this biography of George Fife Angas (1789-1879) is not without interest, and it is to be gleaned from the entry in the 'Australian Dictionary of Biography' on Henry Hussey (1825-1903), 'evangelist, millenarian, printer and historian ... Hussey's printing and publishing encouraged him to literary endeavours and in 1862 his entry in the Gawler Institute competition for a history of South Australia won the prize. To compile this work he had access to government archives and to the private papers of G.F. Angas. Through this introduction and possibly some mutual religious sympathies, Hussey became Angas's secretary in 1865. Angas later acquired Hussey's manuscript and with help from the Angas family it was edited in England by Edwin Hodder and published in 1893. Hussey supported Angas's opposition to Roman Catholicism and their propaganda included the distribution of 2000 copies of Foxe's "Book of Martyrs" and the organizing of a successful petition against precedence for prelates. This experience of public debate led Hussey to stand for Encounter Bay in the House of Assembly in 1874, but he incurred the displeasure of some of his religious followers and withdrew before the poll. After Angas died in 1879 Hussey was authorized to gather material for his biography which was also edited by Hodder and published in England in 1891. Hussey's autobiography refers to many diaries and private papers of Angas which do not seem to have survived'. Provenance: Geoffrey Ingleton, with the G. & N. Ingleton bookplate and the Ingleton Collection catalogue stamp and number (1436) on the recto of the rear flyleaf. Ferguson 10473 (noting an erratum slip).