This book is not just a history of the Edmonds' family, it is also a warm colourful story of Maurice, which tells of the failures and successes of a boy who started with little more than an enquiring mind, a love of books and a lot of courage. It is a collection of tales which takes us from Britain during the Great War of 1914-1918 and the tragic aftermath to Australia via the famous £10 assisted passage.
It is an account of South Australia in the Depression of the 20s and 30s, the difficulties of the World War II years, the beginnings of a brighter world in the 50s and 60s and the increasing interest in Australia's heritage in the 70s and 80s. The story of Maurice and his family is told with simplicity and charm, studded with humour and a wealth of information about the antiquarian book trade is woven into the memories. This is indeed a story for those who love books.
Hardback published by Edmonds Book Gallery, 1984, First Edition, Signed, Limited to 1000 Copies, black and white photographs in very good condition. There is a dedication and signature on title page to 'Jan and Jeff Arnold with Happy Memories of the QE2, Maurice Edmonds, 26/5/1991'. Slight bumping to the top and bottom of the spine and one or two small dents in the edges of the cover, otherwise the book itself does not really appear to have been opened and used. The dustjacket is in good condition, one or two small marks, perhaps a little fading on the spine and some creasing along the top edges. A fairly deep scratch along the back dustjacket cover, otherwise all in very good condition, text and images clear and bright.