Sydney, Sunnybrook Press, 1936.
Large octavo, 20 pages with 2 tipped-in plates (a portrait and an armorial bookplate).
Cord-bound salmon-pink card covers with matching blank leaves of paper front and rear; covers slightly rubbed; top and leading edges uncut; bottom edge very slightly foxed; front endpaper slightly tanned; an excellent copy with the original envelope (imprinted with the printer's mark) slightly rubbed and tanned with a tiny closed tear.
Hand-printed by Ernest H. Shea; this is number 153 of only 300 copies signed by the author, the well-known Sydney bookseller. David Scott Mitchell (1836-1907) should need little introduction; his eponymous library in the State Library of New South Wales is a national treasure. Loosely inserted is a handwritten note (folded twice, dated 17 July 1936) on F.W. Preece & Sons letterhead, inviting the recipient to purchase this book. The note is initialled and in the inimitable hand of the fourth partner in Preece's, H.B. 'Harry' Muir, later to be a significant bookseller and publisher in his own right; also loosely inserted is the original purchase receipt on Preece's printed stationery with the purchase details written in pencil.