The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse - Beatrice DavisNelson, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with a little wear to the dust wrapper as a result. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Top corner of the last few leaves slightly damp-wrinkled. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise and not an unpleasant copy.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: “THIS SELECTION of popular verse speaks with the voice of Australia, from the convict era to the present day. It is a book to give pleasure to all lovers of verse; to recall the old favourites nostalgically remembered; and to open new doors by introducing the modern poets who speak of our world today.
In harmony with the poems, an inspired selection of paintings, drawings and photographs complement the poets’ visions and help to evoke atmosphere, time and place1.
‘Click Go the Shears’, The Wild Colonial Boy’, ‘Waltzing Matilda’, ‘The Man from Snowy River’ — the ballads with their enduring charm take first place in the book as they do in the hearts of many Australians young and old.
Love of country and the beauty of the Australian landscape are celebrated in poems like Henry Kendall’s ‘September in Australia’ and Dorothea Mackellar’s ‘My Country’ and in many later lyrics. Henry Lawson, Shaw Neilson, Mary Gilmore, are all given their place, as the selection moves on to Kenneth Slessor, Douglas Stewart and their contemporaries. Then comes the modern scene, with younger poets such as Thomas Shapcott, Bruce Dawe, and Les Murray.
Quality and clarity — as well as popular appeal — have governed the choice in compiling this lively anthology. In making her selection, Beatrice Davis has helped distil the Australian experience; she has done so in a way that can be shared by all Australians now, and for many years to come.”