Dennis, C.J. (Hal Gye, illus.; Foreword by Henry Lawson)
- The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke
Angus & Robertson Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1915.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with decorated upper board; 126pp. [i-x; 11-126; 2 blank], with 14 full-page line illustrations. Moderate wear; shaken; mild offsetting to the endpapers; mild shelfwear to the head and tail of the spine; light sunning of the spine and board edges; elaborate inked dedication on front free endpaper; triangular pink stain on pages 50 and 51 from a piece of ribbon used as a bookmark (retained). Lacks dustwrapper. Very good. "The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke", a comic verse novel, sold more than sixty thousand copies in nine editions within a year. By the mid -1970s nearly three hundred thousand copies had been sold internationally. One of the most famous works of Australian literature, it tells the story of Bill, a larrikin, who meets a young woman named Doreen. The book chronicles their courtship and marriage, and Bill's transformation from a thuggish gang member to a contented husband and father.
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