8vo, XI, 214pp. Hardcover with very minor scuffing and d/w in excellent condition protected by clear archival covering, text in excellent condition with neat prior owner’s name and address on ffep. Dame Nellie Melba (1861 – 1931) was truly the fulfilment and symbol of the Australian dream and she was both loved and honored at the time by the normally colonial despising English. This fascinating book is a real “warts and all” description of arguably the most famous woman ever born in Australia. Many b/w photos throughout.