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    Sir Thomas Barry Cusack-Smith. Handwritten Manuscript of Town Tarrydiddles. A Society Journal Registered for Transmission Abroad. [Samoa]: [Self-published], 1882.

    Manuscript. Octavo. 118 unnumbered pages. Profusely illustrated with watercolors throughout, including each volume number's cover.

    Comprising Volumes 1-7 of a handwritten community newsletter in the original wrappers bound between blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on the front cover. Some wear and bubbling to the binding. Some age-toning to the internal contents, and minimal scattered foxing. A few small tears and minor creasing to the page edges. Overall, very good condition.

    A beautiful compendium of poetry, proverbs, local news, politics, advertisements, articles on Samoan culture, and more. Interspersed throughout are full-page watercolors and textual illustrations depicting scenes of local life.

    [Together with:] H. J. Moors. With Stevenson in Samoa. London and Leipsic: T. Fisher Unwin, 1910.

    Association copy of the first edition. Previous owner's gift inscription to Sir Thomas Barry Cusack-Smith on the front free endpaper. Octavo. 230 pages.

    Publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering and decoration on the spine and front board. Moderate shelf wear. Toning to the endpapers. Overall, a very good copy.

    Thomas Berry Cusack Smith was British Consul in Samoa from the late 1880s until 1898, and a rival of Robert Louis Stevenson for that very position.


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