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HAY, William.

The Mystery of Alfred Doubt.

Being the Adventure of a Retired Statesman. A novel.

Published: London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1937

Stock code: 91225

Price: £650

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First edition, first impression. William Gosse Hay (1875-1945), an Australian author and essayist, was born into a South Australian family, to the colonist Alexander Hay and his second wife, Agnes Grant Gosse, a novelist. This, his fifth historical novel, is set in Tasmania in the 1830s.

Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge pale green. With the dust jacket. Later bookseller’s ticket and bookplate to pastedown. Cloth very lightly flecked, edges foxed with minor encroachment to margins, in the jacket that has one chip at top of spine, front panel creased at upper inner corner, rear panel slightly marked. A very good, bright copy.

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