Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1969.
Octavo, [vi], 220 pages plus endpaper maps.
Cloth; a fine copy with the unclipped dustwrapper lightly scuffed and a little sunned on the spine (as so often).
The account of the last journey, in October 1922, of the author's desperately ill father, the Reverend Carl Strehlow, overland from Hermannsburg to the railhead at Oodnadatta; Horseshoe Bend was where he died and was buried. The author, who made the trip with his father, was fourteen at the time. This work received the 1970 Weickhardt Award for the best general Australian book; it has stood the test of time, and must now be ranked among the classics. Loosely inserted in this copy is the retained duplicate typescript of a very critical letter about the book and its author from 'M. Lohe' (Reverend Friedrich Max Immanuel Löhe, 1900-1977, Lutheran minister, and first archivist at the Lutheran Archives in Adelaide). The letter (quarto, 2 pages, 18 November 1969) was sent to Hugh Klauss (care of News Limited, Adelaide), whose review of the work had been published recently.