Letters of Dion

Price: 800.00 AUD

Hobart: Hobart Town Advertiser Office, 1851. Slim octavo, viii, 48 pp., some early ink underlining; an excellent copy, handsomely bound in full brown crushed morocco by Sangorski. Most uncommon on the market, and a very attractive copy of this fiercely pro-transportation pamphlet, printed in Hobart. Penned under his pseudonym "Dion" this pro-transportation pamphlet was the work of John Donnellan Balfe (1816-1880). Balfe was a vociferous pro-transportationist and an able political journalist (see ADB) and these "letters" had their first publication in the Hobart Advertiser. As "Dion" Balfe had a taste for rather purple prose, and was particularly keen to explain that Tasmania is not the refuge of fierce bushrangers and cannibalistic ex-convicts. 'A spirited defence of the Transportation System and attack upon the objectives and leaders of the Australasian League, formed for the abolition of Transportation' (Ferguson). Hordern House is grateful to Raymond Howgego for bringing Donnellan's obituary to our attention (The Mercury, Hobart 12th December 1880, p.3) which establishes Balfe's authorship of this work. The paper slightly browned.


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