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CLARKE, Marcus.. - Long Odds.

Melbourne, Clarson Massina 1869. octavo publisher's blue cloth blocked in gilt and black; eight wood engravings by Thomas Carrington. Minor blotches and smudges to the covers, signs of use, quite a good copy. ¶ First edition of Clarke's first novel, previously serialised in his own 'Colonial Monthly' (a short lived venture). "A wretched tale of folly and baseness" but not quite a thriller in the modern sense - the murder, after all, happens near the end of the book. It would not be out of place though in a shelf of sensational novels. Clarke purposely avoided writing a novel set in Australia, preferring to explore what was to become a popular genre - the young colonial 'back home' - carving a new destiny out of the wilds of London and the counties.
AUD 975.00 [Appr.: EURO 629 US$ 662.71 | £UK 539.25 | JP¥ 89010] Book number 10947

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