Small 8vo. 17.5 cm. , 169 pp. Orig. green cloth with gilt spine title. Recased with new endpapers, but retaining the original free endpapers. Some staining and browning to title and finger-staining throughout. * A unique copy of the first edition of Stephens's first book, illustrated with 34 accomplished ink drawings by Mary and Ellen D'Arcy. The D'Arcy sisters were born in Appin, NSW in 1858 and 1861, the daughters of Michael D'Arcy and his wife Sarah Lucy, nee Sheil. Their father, a ploughman, was killed in a horse-riding accident in 1862. Mary and Ellen also had an older brother William D'Arcy, born in 1856. * No death dates are recorded for the D'Arcy children in NSW, so it seems highly likely that Sarah D'Arcy moved her young family to Queensland after her husband's death. In any case, the book bears the blind-stamp of Brisbane booksellers Watson & Co. on the original front free endpaper, so it was first purchased in Brisbane. The book is inscribed "Elly E. D'Arcy from Mary - 29 Dec 1873". * Most of the 34 very charming drawings are half-page, four are full-page and three were done on separate pieces of paper and pasted in later. Three are small vignette-type drawings. 20 of the drawings are initialled M. or E. (sometimes E.E. or E.E.D'A.). The D'Arcy siblings' artistic talent extended beyond illustrating books they owned. Some of their pen and ink drawings were exhibited at the 1875 Metropolitan Intercolonial Exhibition in Sydney (see their entries in the Dictionary of Australian Artists Online). J. B. Stephens came to Queensland in April 1866 and worked as a teacher in 1870 and 1871 and again for a short time in 1873. It is conceivable that the D'Arcy children knew Stephens personally - perhaps as their teacher. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Convict Once. "With illustrations by M. and ...
Editorial: Macmillan & Co.
Año de publicación: 1871
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