Gould's Book of Fish
Picador, 2001. First edition, first printing. A near fine copy in a near fine d/w . No inscriptions and very clean crisp pages.
Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all fishes in the sea and all living things on the land were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a white convict who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer & forger, condemned to the most feared penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish. Once upon a time, there were miracles. . . (Preceeding text courtesy www.panmacmillan.com.au) Hardback