The Trip to Australia: Scraps from the Diary of One of the Twelve, edited by W.H. Knight. London: Cox and Wyman, 1864. 12mo (153 x 98mm). 20p. 20th-century blue buckram, original green wrappers carrying title bound in (wrappers lightly soiled). Provenance: Robert Stratten Holmes (inscription on inside front wrapper, dated 'Wakefield 16.2.98') -- Julien Cahn.

AN ATTRACTIVE COPY OF THIS RARE WORK. Dr. Edward Mills Grace (1841-1911), brother of W.G., was a great cricketer in his own right, playing 253 matches for Gloucestershire, 1870-95. He joined Parr's tour to Australia 1863-64. These informal extracts, apparently published without his knowledge, describe the voyage out on board the Great Britain, and end with his first days in Australia. A typical entry reads: 'It is glorious to be travelling through the water at (about) seventeen and a half, equivalent to about twenty of our miles per hour. In the evening had music again; Mrs -- on the piano, Mr. -- on violin, and Caffyn on cornet; played three or four pieces very well. It is so much like home to have music whilst playing whist ... At present rate of travelling expect to make the passage in fifty-nine days; only 4000 miles to do now' (28-29 Nov). Though clearly a keen hunter, he decides to have 'a day or two at the kangaroos' only when the cricket is over (23 and 24 Dec). NO COPY IN THE WINDER, EAGAR OR CURRY SALES. Allen 85; Taylor p. 103: 'printed unbeknown to the author'; Padwick 4405.

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