DENNIS, C J

The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke [The Sentimental Bloke]

Published: Angus and Robertson Limited, 1915

Date:

1st IMPRESSION. 8vo., 15.5 x 19cm, 126pp. Publisher's original green cloth & trimmed section of dust jacket laid in. Inscribed and signed to his great friend, Sir David Low, in the year of publication. The green cloth is in very good condition, noting a 1mm diameter black dot near the bottom of the front joint. The spine is a little darkened with two tiny chips at the tip of each spine end. The bottom fore edge corner of the lower board has a tiny bump, the others remain firm and square. Laid in is a 13 x 17cm section of what is believed to be the original dust jacket, and appears the same as the frontispiece. Internally, the book is in very good condition. The front free endpaper has two newspaper clippings stuck to it. One shows Hal Gye standing beside C J Dennis' memorial tablet and the other shows C J Dennis and his wife. The half title is inscribed in his characteristic green ink, as follows: 'To Dave Low / with a cobber's disrespect / C J Dennis / Nov. 9/15'. Sir David Low came to the UK from New Zealand via Australia and lodged with C J Dennis. In his autobiography (Low's Autobiography, Michael Joseph 1956) he states: "I shared a studio with Hal Gye, caricaturist, and C.J. Dennis, poet, was our inseperable. Before settling in Melbourne, I lived as a fellow-lodger with Den for a space and finished my cartoons by night on his wash-stand while he read proofs aloud in bed. After that, Hal and I took our studio, and Hal arranged to illustrate Den's book. Thus the association was confirmed". A scarce book made rare by virtue of the author's signature and inscription to a very close friend.

Provenance
Sir David Low

Condition
VG+

£1500

Offered by Rainford & Parris