'My Country' was written in 1904 when Dorothea Mackellar was a romantic and sensitive nineteen-year-old. It has since become Australia's most-quoted and best-loved poem. Submitted with some hesitation for publication, and immediately acclaimed, it has since been reprinted, recited, set to music and sung innumerable times. Her other poetry, published in four volumes, from which this collection has been taken, shows that she continued to pursue themes of patriotism and her love of nature. In poems of noontide and night, coast and city, bushland, outback, mountains and farmlands she has extended her early triumph with the same perception and richness of language and imagery. Other poems were written during her travels and residence overseas; these reveal a romantic imagination which could be stirred to life by a fleeting encounter or fragment of conversation.
This 1987 hardback edition is complete with its dustjacket and blue page-marking ribbon. The dustjacket has no tears but is a little worn, faded and grubby, especially on the spine and back cover. The blue cloth boards have a couple of indentations front and back and the corners are bumped. The front flyleaf has been cut out and there are some greases-spots on the inside front cover. The page block is dusty along the top edge. This volume has some beautiful full-colour plates illustrating various poems.