Adelaide, Hussey and Gillingham, 1912.
Small oblong quarto, 106 pages with illustrations plus a frontispiece (all by Tom Ferry).
Quarter red cloth and pictorial cream papered boards printed in black and red; a very fine copy.
Muir 6266 (not identifying the author). The dedication to this pseudonymous work is by 'Aunt Sissie', whom we have identified as Lavinia Mary Scammell (1859-1915), the second of twelve children of Luther Scammell of Fauldings fame. This attribution appears not to have been made before. The manuscript is held by the State Library of South Australia in PRG 119: Papers of Mrs A.M. Madden. Item 112 in the list of papers is 'Manuscript of "Laughter and Life: a tale for the young" by Lavinia Mary Scammell. 1912. 3 cm. Typescript. Written by Sissie Scammell (Red Gum Blossom) with a dedication to her nieces and nephews, 12 April 1912. This was published that year as "A little bit of laughter and life for the young" by Hussey & Gillingham and was set in Adelaide. Each chapter is sewn together and housed inside a red covered album. The manuscript shows editorial marks ready for publication'.