Item #2320 Sunbeams in Queensland. George VOWLES.
Sunbeams in Queensland
Sunbeams in Queensland

Sunbeams in Queensland

Brisbane: Printed by Rogers & Harley, Elizabeth St, 1870. First Edition. Small octavo : pp xi, (i), 204 : original green cloth boards decorated with gilt kangaroo to top board and lettered in gilt on the spine : debossed border to boards ; recent green endpapers.

Spine flecked and head and tail of spine tender; 2x3mm chip in spine above the 'A' in 'Sunbeams'; two 2mm marks on the top board top right quadrant; minor lean; extra title page loosely laid in. Item #2320

According to Hadgraft (1959) George Vowles, a school teacher from Ipswich, was the first Queensland born poet to be published in book form. Sunbeams in Queensland was not well-received by the critics of his day, "but for all its many imperfections and weaknesses, [it] remains one of the few records of what a relatively ordinary person was thinking and feeling in Queensland 150 years ago. His poems explore love (there are at least 6 pieces addressed to girlfriends and one ‘To an Old Maid’), war, peace, progress, the landscape, and settlement of the land coupled with some empathy for the plight of the aboriginal." (Old Queensland Poetry online).

Price: $450.00

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