The Land of the Dawning. R. D., Vance? Palmer.
The Land of the Dawning.
The Land of the Dawning.

The Land of the Dawning.

London: McCorquodale, N.d., ca. 1912. Hardcover. A scarce collection of short stories set around the Australian outback, with many interesting observations. R. D. (Rann Daly) was a pseudonym sometimes used by Palmer (Room, Adrian. Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed). Common themes in Palmer's work thread their way through the stories in this collection.

Story titles: The Call of the Bushmen, Droving, Derelict, Burning Off, A Bush Tragedy, The Grafters, Burnt Out, The Forge of Empire, A Cattle Camp. All deal with bush life, cattle droving or Queensland. Derelict is a story of a Victoria Cross winner and his personal tragedy. The Forge of Empire has an Australian nationalistic theme.

Small 8vo, 134pp. Gray cloth covers with gold title on cover and spine slightly marked o/w vgc. Not in Morris Miller or BL. Trove 8834131 records only 2 copies, at the State Library of Victoria, and the National Library of Australia although neither references Palmer in their descriptions. Very good overall. Item #5743

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