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We are honored and delighted to 'unveil' our latest catalogue, a selection from the important collection of Australian literature assembled by the respected bibliophile, Geoffrey Cains.

The catalogue includes the finest copy in private hands of Patrick White's first novel, Happy Valley, a presentation copy inscribed by the author for his housekeeper, Hilda Richardson; Christina Stead's own copies of her novels The Man Who Loved Children and Dark Places of the Heart; a presentation copy of George Johnston's My Brother Jack, inscribed by the author on the island of Hydra for his wife Charmian Clift; the typed manuscript of the final draft of Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda; a copy of Hal Porter's first published work, the elusive Short Stories (Adelaide, 1943); and a first edition copy of Patrick White's second novel, The Living and the Dead.

As far as possible we have tried to produce a catalogue which reflects the collection's great breadth and also one that illustrates some of the significant friendships that have developed over the years between Geoffrey Cains and many of the contemporary writers. Almost exclusively first editions and the overwhelming majority of them signed copies, the books selected for this catalogue span the period from 1900 to the present.
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