First Edition of Voss; Signed by Patrick White
Item Number: 1943
London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1957.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s fifth novel and what many consider to be his finest. Octavo, original blue boards. Signed by Patrick White on a slip pasted to the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Dust jacket art by famed Australian artist Sydney Nolan.
Voss was published by Eyre & Spottiswood in 1957, and it's based upon the life of the nineteenth-century Prussian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt who disappeared whilst on an expedition into the Australian outback. Symbolism is heavily used in Voss, and is primarily religious. Voss is often compared to Christ. Voss visits the desert, leads men, and cures the sick. He also meets with the character Laura in garden which is comparable to the Garden of Eden.