Firenze [Florence], Francesco Pineider, 1930.
Octavo, 144 pages.
Block-printed paper (a design of fleurs-de-lis and lions rampant in red) over cloth, with a leather title-label on the spine (as issued); paper a little sunned and chipped about the spine, revealing the blue cloth beneath in places; slight loss of paper (to silverfish) along the leading edges of the boards, with the corners a little bumped and slightly worn; a very good copy (internally fine).
'A sea journey by steamer from England to Albany, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and many points on a radius from these cities' (according to a bookseller's catalogue entry, quoted on Trove). In fact, the voyage is not the focus of the book; it is primarily an account of a return visit to Australia by an ex-pat after the breakup of her marriage. Albany is reached by page 20; she commences her return journey, via New Zealand, Canada and America, on page 99. We have previously catalogued a copy containing a 1974 newspaper clipping relating to the divorce of the English television personality Katie Boyle, with a pencilled note identifying her as the daughter of the author (in fact she is her granddaughter).