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The Bell Post. A Tale of the early days of Geelong, at Port Phillip in Australia. Dedicated to Miss D
Middle Hill Press, 1865. Small pamphlet, drop title, 4 pp., tinted paper stock, fine. Very scarce poem of Australian interest printed for the Middle Hill Press, a private folly of the legendary English collector Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872).The poem describes a waterfall said to be about 4 miles from Adelaide (that is, Waterfall Gully) and is a rather evocative depiction of the native trees that surround the waterfall by moonlight. It is signed Abeona Belina Phillipps, Adelaide 1864. Not much is known about Abeona Phillipps (said in a footnote to have been so named 'from the Ship her Father, & Mother went out in, to Australia'). The Abeona did arrive in Adelaide from Port Lincoln in March 1839 with a "Phillipson" on board - presumably, therefore, "Phillipps" is a simple error, confusing the printer with the author. No other work by Abeona Phillipps seems to be recorded.Born into a considerable inheritance, Sir Thomas Phillipps was a true bibliomaniac who not only collected voraciously, but also took to printing interesting snippets at his own Middle Hill Press.
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