Lyra Australis; Or, Attempts To Sing In A Strange Land.

London: Bickers and Bush, 1854. First Edition. Octavo. Bound by Bone and Son in publisher's green cloth, with embossed foliage in the outline of a lyre, with gilt titles and further embossed foliage to spine; pale yellow endpapers, uncut and unopened. Binding is rubbed and a little grubby, worn at spine ends, corners bumped, fading to spine. Text is very clean, as unopened. Book binder's ticket, "Bound by Bone and Son, 76 Fleet Street London". Caroline Leakey is known chiefly for two literary successes; this volume of her poetry, written during her five year sojourn in Tasmania, then Van Diemen's Land, and a novel "The Broad Arrow", which exercised considerable influence on novels concerned with criminals and convicts. Though the ODNB describes her poetry as "unoriginal in content and style" it "still retains a modest lyrical charm", and is interesting largely because of Leakey's influence on the future representation of Tasmania, and of the life of convicts. Item #43348

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