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CLEGG, T.B. [THOMAS BAILEY]. - The Wilderness.

London & NY, John Lane 1907. Octavo publisher's cloth. Minor signs of use, a rather good copy. ¶ Only edition of this uncommon melodramatic Australian thriller; apparently the American issue judging by the binding. We jump from the orphaned girl in imagined Golden City - a gold town grown into a city - to the embittered doctor playing with poisons and dissecting Kanakas in Queensland cane fields but we know their fates cross somewhere soon. Given that Clegg was Ballarat born is it safe to presume it is the model for Golden City? Clegg was a journalist, lawyer and magistrate who in the eighties had investigated the penal system in New Caledonia and the indentured labour industry in Queensland. New Caledonia found its way into his 'The Bishop's Scapegoat' (1908) and the cane fields into this.
AUD 200.00 [Appr.: EURO 135 US$ 158.68 | £UK 123.5 | JP¥ 17327] Book number 9655

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