Melbourne: Heinemann, .
First Australian edition. [vi], 350,  pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Green cloth. Near fine in near fine pictorial dust jacket by Val Biro (faintest trace of dampstain on verso). Light paste ghosts on flyleaves. Label of H.L. Hill, Yass, Newsagents Men at Work 17.1.b. Item #322662
Shute’s near future conservative Utopian vision of Australia as the dynamic heart of the Commonwealth in the late twentieth century, with the monarchy making a royal progress by air from country to country , and the Queen escaping assassination and coming to live in Australia. Published in the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. Uncommon in the Australian edition.
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