CHATWIN, Bruce The Songlines. London, Jonathan Cape, .
8vo. Original cloth-backed marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt; very slight embrowning to paper as usual, but a very good copy.
First edition. The London Limited Editions issue, limited to 150 numbered copies and number 93 signed by the author. Observations by Bruce Chatwin during his sojourn to Australia, and his investigation into the aboriginal tradition of the songlines. The book, in a postmodern fashion, straddles the line between fiction and non-fiction. The first half follows the narrator on his travels through wild Australia, the second is dedicated to Chatwin's musings on the nature of man. The book itself is controversial, with some calling it colonialist, simplistic or factually unreliable. Today, however, we accept a similar standard of writing from our politicians and journalists, which renders the criticism fairly moot