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More than Half a Century of Colonial Life and Christian Experience. With Notes of Travel, Lectures, Publications, etc
Adelaide, Hussey & Gillingham, 1897. Octavo, [viii], 504 pages with 13 illustrations and numerous head- and tail-pieces plus a frontispiece portrait. Original gilt-decorated tan cloth lightly marked and sunned on the spine, and lightly flecked front and rear; endpapers lightly offset; an excellent copy. Inscribed, dated (17 May 1918) and signed by the author's nephew, Geo. F. Hussey to F.E. Meleng, the long-serving librarian and historian of the Port Adelaide Institute. Henry Hussey (1825-1903), 'evangelist, millenarian, printer and historian,' arrived in South Australia in 1839, and by 1850 was established as a printer. He later became a successful publisher and bookseller, so his autobiography is, not least, an account of printing in colonial Adelaide. He was George Fife Angas's secretary from 1865, and compiled his biography, which was edited by Edwin Hodder and published in 1891 under Hodder's name (as was the 1893 two-volume 'History of South Australia'). 'Hussey's achievements in history and biography, though somewhat filtered, were more enduring than his adventism, though his evangelical career was long and enthusiastic' and the work highlights 'the remarkable religious climate in South Australia in the nineteenth century'. If put off by the title, read Gerald Fischer's engaging account of Hussey in the Australian Dictionary of Biography first - it may change your mind. (Bibliographers may be interested to learn that we have identified slight variations in copies. This copy, with the posthumous inscription, is overall 194 mm high, with the publisher's name in sans serif type, with all letters of uniform size. We have also handled a copy with a contemporary inscription by the author; it was 190 mm tall, with the publisher's name in much smaller serif type, using both large and small capitals on the first line. Both copies contained the paper binder's label of Hussey & Gillingham, so presumably this is the sort of thing that can be done when the family firm prints, binds and publishes one's autobiography).
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