[Adelaide, The Author ('W.K. Thomas & Co., Print'), 1922].
190 × 93 mm, 48 pages (first two and last three blank) with a portrait illustration (from a photograph) of the author on the title page.
Attached overlapping pictorial wrappers (with French flaps over the first and last blank leaves); overlapping edges lightly creased and chipped, with minimal loss to the ends of the spine; small pink stain and contemporary ownership signature to the head of the front cover (and a Xmas 1922 gift inscription on the second page); a very good copy (internally fine).
The foreword is by W.J. Sowden (Sir William Sowden, 1858-1943, editor of the 'South Australian Register'). A mixture of genres: tenderly sentimental ('The Golden Rose'), parochial ('Gawler, S.A.'), religious ('Christmas'), war ('The Worn-out Sentry: A Vision'; 'The Song of the Sandbags'; 'Previously Reported Dead'), and 'verses of occasion' ('"Welcome" to H.R.H. Prince of Wales, July 12, 1920'; 'Sir Ross Smith'). The latter was written to commemorate his death in a flying accident on Maundy Thursday, 13 April 1922. Beatrice Bevan, née Vale (1876-1946) 'was born in Victoria, the daughter of W.M.K. Vale, sometime Attorney General of Victoria. She married the Reverend Hopkin Llewellyn Willett Bevan, moving with him to Shanghai. After her husband's death she lived with her son at Willard House in Adelaide. Beatrice Bevan contributed to Adelaide newspapers and journals, writing under the pseudonym Willett Bevan' (Libraries Australia).