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[HOPEGOOD, Peter.] Peter Lecky.

Peter Lecky by Himself.

Published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1935

Stock code: 91351

Price: £475

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Harry, Best wishes from Peter Hopegood (Cedric)”. England-born Peter Hopegood (1891–1967, birth name Cedric Hopegood) established himself in Australia after serving in the First World War. In this “informal autobiography” the author, best known for his mystical poetry, recalls his time serving in France during the war as well as his pre- and post-war adventures in Canada and the Antipodes, subsiding on odd jobs such as cow-puncher, horse-breaker, gaol warder, and finally trying his hand at “cattle-farming, pearl-fishing and much else besides” (front flap blurb).

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front board in white, top edge blue. With the dust jacket. White blocking to spine titles chipped, light spotting to spine and boards, remains of removed label to gutter of front free endpaper, endleaves and edges of text block slightly foxed, else foxing light and occasional. A very good copy in a lightly spotted and toned price-clipped jacket with a few minor nicks and chips.

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