Settlers and Convicts; or Recollections of Sixteen Years' Labour in the Australian Backwoods
by An Emigrant Mechanic [Samuel Sidney]
London: G. Cox. Good. 1847. First Edition. Hardcover. A scarce account of life in early colonial Australia. Brown cloth boards with black and gilt title label, some dampstaining and light soil, and rubbed and bumped corners and edges. Spine cocked, binding tight. Yellow-green top stain, dampstain and light soil on edges. Pasted on to the front endpapers and first printed advertisement page are the library rules of the Royal Colonial Institute, with a few penciled and inked marks on endpapers and a library number 86 in gilt on spine. -4 advertisements; -12 publisher's catalog; -435. The authorship of this account is attributed variously to an Alexander Harris and later to Samuel Sidney aka Samuel Solomon (1813-1883) , a writer whose brother had been in Australia and whose many works included "Emigrant's Journal" and "Sidney's Australian Hand-book." The details of life in the colony stand as an accurate description and criticism of the colony, despite the anonymity. ; 6" x 4" . (Inventory #: 012206)
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