THE FORTUNES OF RICHARD MAHONY: volume I: Australia Felix; volume II: The Way Home; volume III: Ultima Thule.

First edition, first printing of this classic of Australian literature. Three volumes. Publisher's original blue (Australia Felix and The Way Home) and black (Ultima Thule) cloth, with titles in black and gilt to the upper board and spine. Without dustwrappers. All are in very good or better condition, the cloth bright and fresh with minor bumping and rubbing at the spine tips and fold corners. Australia Felix with the bookplate of Michael Sadleir to the upper left corner of the front pastedown and the penciled ownership signature of Col. R. H. Bolton / Scots Guards to the front endpaper is otherwise clean throughout. The publisher's catalogue at the rear has the corner torn from two pages; The Way Home with light spotting to the margins and closed text block edge is otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner's marks; Ultima Thule with a little toning of the text block and some dustiness to the top edge is clean throughout and without previous owner's marks. A very attractive set, the first volume is particularly scarce in first edition.

The Australian born author's masterpiece, the title character of which is loosely based on the her own father who had emigrated from Dublin to Australia, and his rise and tragic fall in Australia's gold rush. The final volume in the trilogy 'Ultima Thule' was awarded the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal for 1929.

Stock code: 21538


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RICHARDSON, Henry Handel
pseudonym of RICHARDSON, Ethel Florence Lindesay


London: William Heinemann.


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