WHITE (PATRICK) Happy Valley, proof copy of the first edition, 1939
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WHITE (PATRICK) Happy Valley, proof copy of the first edition, 1939
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WHITE (PATRICK)
Happy Valley. A Novel, proof copy of the first edition, publisher's brown printed wrappers ('Happy Valley/ by/ Patrick White/ Advance/ Proof/ Copy'), spine with title and author supplied in ink, some creases, lower joint tearing and small chip at foot of spine, 8vo, George Harrap, 1939

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  • Rare advance proof copy of the first book by the only Australian to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature. White did not allow the novel to be republished during his lifetime, fearing that a Chinese family whose story he had appropriated for the novel would sue for defamation. A second edition, the first in 70 years, finally appeared in 2012 to commemorate the centenary of his birth.
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